Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My Christmas Collection

Hey guys! 

I am finally back at uni after a looong Christmas holiday (four weeks!) and thought I would finally share with you a bit of what I've been sewing over the festive season in my breaks between essay writing and exam revision. 

First up is my absolute favourite...

A navy Cambie! Is there anything better? The Cambie from Sewaholic is my favourite dress pattern of all time (yes, even more than the BHL Anna!) and I loved making this version. I think I made it up a size too big as I had to take the side seams in lot, but it fits great now and I wore it on Christmas Day :) 

Second is another Cambie - once I'd finished the first I immediately cut out the second! 

The fabric for this dress is so cute! Tiny sprays of flowers all over, on navy! Yes... I do think I have an obsession with navy, but all my clothes match so I'm not complaining. I really love the way this dress looks on me, especially with one of my lovely woolley cardigans. 

Originally I was going to make the Cambie with some totally gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn I picked up the last time I was in London. However, not wanting to cut straight into that, I thought it better to have a couple of practice runs first! I hate making toiles, so if I'm using a pattern I think could cause some complications I usually use cheaper, less valuable fabric that I pick up from Abakhan to have a go on before using anything more expensive. That way if it goes totally wrong it's not the end of the world, but if everything goes ok I have a new dress! 

Luckily these two came out great, so I'll have three gorgeous Cambies to wear through the rest of the winter months by the time I'm finished :) 

Last up is something completely different...


This was my first time using velvet and I decided to go for the Renfrew t shirt pattern from Sewaholic. I just shortened the bodice and added a slightly gathered skirt to make the babydoll dress, and aside from the neckband (which took three attempts)... this came together really easily! 

I haven't worn it out anywhere yet, not because I don't like it but because I am struggling to find a matching cardigan! I hardly ever wear my dresses without a cardigan on top in winter, so I think I'll have to wait until spring starts to arrive before this sees any wear. I loved working with a new fabric type though and am really glad I was brave enough to branch out from my comfort zone and experiment. 

Apologies for the awful lighting in these photos. My camera does not like being in such close proximity to a window! 

So there we have it...three gorgeous new dresses to add to my wardrobe! 

Have you done any sewing over the Christmas holidays? I'd love to see :) 

Beth x

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