And here she is…does she fit the criteria of being a holy grail?
1. She is reversible.
2. She is a Cambie. (Which we all know is my knew FAVOURITE pattern).
I told you last week that wax print Cambie was desperate to be featured on le blog, but I can let you know now that the only way I could get her to wait all week, was to reassure her that she was always my first choice (and therefore closest to my Cambie filled heart). After that she settled down and agreed to wait her turn. She did get rather envious when compliments about border print Cambie filtered through to her ears, but she has learnt to accept that she shouldn’t compete with the other dresses in the wardrobe as they are all beautiful in their own way. “Plus – I want some nice sunny weather for photos too!” She eventually conceded and agreed that patience was the best idea.
Ahem, and after all that, she was happy to be photographed on a sunny Sunday in the garden.
There isn’t much more to say about my love for the Cambie that I didn’t say in the previous Cambie post. The only difference I made with this version was to take it in a little more, pull down the straps / sleeves even tighter, and put in a reversible zip.
I love making reversible dresses – I think it’s because I’m cheap and want to get my moneys worth as much as possible from each dress. Why make a pretty lining when no-one is going to see it? Much better to make a pretty lining that is functional!
I’m pretty impressed that in Sally’s stashbusting challenge, I have now used 3 big pieces from my hoard!
Wax print is pleased too – she had been sitting on my shelf for well over a year and being made into a Cambie has given her a true purpose in life. Now she can’t wait to be worn out for real. I’ve promised her a starring role at my staff do in a couple of weeks and she seems excited about that!
You may have noticed that Striped Cambie has been a quiet character. She doesn’t seem to realise how crucial she is to the story – I think she wins an award for best supporting role – and here she is, ready to claim her prize!
The reversible zip is rather bold in this version, but I think it looks quite modern, especially when combined with dark accessories.
I think the combination of the half circle wax print skirt and the pleated striped skirt, gives the dress some lovely shape and structure. I took great care to line up the centre front stripes on the bodice and the skirt, although I decided to make it almost a reverse image to break up the print a little bit.
Do you ever make reversible items? And do those items ‘speak’ to you and niggle away until you’re guilted into posing and then posting about them? Or are you strong enough to not let them dictate your life? If so my friends, I envy you your freedom and courage! 🙂