Welp, I was hoping to have some progress to celebrate on my goals for 2014, but so far Vogue 9668 is completely kicking my ass, so I figured I might as well get caught up on some FOs from 2013* in the meantime.
A CRAY CRAY CAMBIE, YO.
The fabulous colors in this fabric just SCREAMED my name. I specifically took a pic of the colors listed on the selvedge, just for y’all.
I managed to eke out the pockets, kind of, but I cut a little into the selvedge to do it. You can just barely see the white poking out in the below pic.
And I used a green-and-white sheet as a lining, because idk I guess I was like “Hmm, this is good, but how can this be crazier, Kristi?”. I hemmed it using green bias tape (I guess something had to match on this dress…?)
I used the same bodice pattern piece as my Grownup Cambie, (14 w/2″ FBA) and while there was a little awkward dart-pointiness with that dress, it was really extreme on this one.
This is what it looks like from my POV, btw. (ACRONYMS Y’ALL)
If I lean way over, I can see past the pointy boobness and see feet! (WHY TF DO I SHARE THIS STUFF? I really am this awkward in real life, too, guys. Just in case we ever meet.)
So, I’m finally taking a Cambie-hiatus, because as I un-noob a little, I’m seeing WAY too many fitting issues.
I have excess fabric in the back (which I totally noted on my blog for the grownup cambie, but didn’t fix before making this one, wtf Kris, get your shit together.)
My HBL (horizontal balance line) is WAY off, as made evident by my waistband…
And here’s a funny thing I’ve done on all of my cambies: I feel uncomfortable showing any amount of Teh Cleave in a dress (like maybe cause I’m showing leg [LE GASP], or something?), and the Cambie is fabulously engineered to make the straps completely adjustable right up til the end, when you finally stitch ’em down. So I’ve been sewing the entire dress without raising the neckline any, and then at the end, I just pull the straps UBERtight, which brings the neckline up to a more comfortable level.
The problem with this is that it also brings the armholes WAY up and suddenly I have about 60 degrees of rotational movement in my arms (counting a smidge backwards).
OOH and actually, now that I think about it, DUH this is probably part of what’s going on with bringing my HBL so far up in the front.
See? SO OBVIOUS ohmagerrrd!
Despite all this, I’ve never been one to not wear something just because of some crippling problems with fit or other such piffle, so I’m more or less okay with this dress. I just usually wear it with either a button-up tied in a knot, or a cardigan. Whatevs!