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Friday, June 22, 2012

The ‘Copycat’ Dress

The first Cambie was so good to me, I just had to make another one.  Not only that, but in keeping with my New Year’s resolutions, I wanted a functional, work-appropriate dress.  Not that my other dresses aren’t functional, but I definitely make a lot of frosting.
The Facts

Fabric: 5 yards Grey Kona Cotton, $20, on sale
Pattern: Sewaholic Cambie, $0, second time making
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Black invisible zipper, $3
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: Out to dinner, while in Vegas (but not before I took pictures by the pool area)
Wear it again? This will be a work staple
Total cost: $23

I thought this second version would go a lot faster than the first, but halfway through I seemed to lose my sewing mojo.  Summer had finally arrived and my sewing room was toasty.  Not only that, but work has been chaotic, which left me with little free time where I didn’t want to just veg or melt into my couch.

That being said, I did love making this dress again.  I made one minor change since the first time, just because I was interested to see how it would change the look and fit.  I extended the bodice by 1” which was easily done with the cut lines provided by Tasia.
I think because this dress doesn’t have the full, gathered skirt, the lengthened bodice was a more comfortable adjustment.  I wanted a dress that fulfilled the ‘business’ dress code at work – big meeting days, etc.  Sometimes my frilly blouses and dresses, while work appropriate for business casual days, may not work for meetings with management.  It was only fitting then that putting this dress together was postponed by work being crazy-busy.

Oh, and why is this the copycat dress?  Well if you saw Tasia’s announcements for the Cambie dress when she first released it, she featured a grey dress of exactly this version.  When I saw it I thought to myself ‘that is exactly what I need in my wardrobe!’  So, I made one too.
What I Watched:  Josie and the Pussycats (2001), completed the last season of Scrubs. If you haven't seen Josie and the Pussycats... well, I wouldn't say it's the best movie, but the ending makes me crack up.  There's some funny moments throughout, but I really just wanted to watch it for the finale laughs.  Oh, and I'm FINALLY done with Scrubs! I had never made it as far as the last two seasons, so it was interesting to see if close out.  It could definitely have ended a season earlier, but the final one wasn't as bad as it originally started out to seem.


  1. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Beautiful dress!!! I hadn't realized that it could be made work appropriate as well!!

    I also want to mention, maybe in future you might shorten the bust dart by 2 inches... It ends right at a place where you might not want to highlight.

    Again, it's such a lovely dress on you! I'm so tempted to make one for me too!

    1. Thanks for the comment, I totally agree! I didn't even realize they were so high until I took the pictures. I think because of the busy pattern that I did before, I didn't even notice it. I'll definitely need to fix that for next time ;)

  2. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Just like your first Cambie, this one is just amazing! It fits you so well and is such a versatile piece!

  3. The dress is so nice on you. Its really a flattering cut. Grey can be such a drab colour but it looks great on you. I know what you mean about office clothes for the non-casual days.I need to make clothes that I can wear to meetings that I find comfortable.

    1. Aww thank you! I have been gravitating towards grey a lot recently but I think it's because it can go with so much. I actually wore this dress to work today for a couple of big meetings and felt really comfortable (both in feeling work appropriate and the comfort of the dress itself), so it passed the work test!


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