City Lights at Night Cambie

Sometimes it feels like I am last person out there to make a Cambie dress.

But I’m so happy to put an end to that!

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I got the pattern and this luscious voile from The Village Haberdashery. It’s called City Lights Night (say that ten times fast!). In fact everything for the dress came from the shop, a new dress kit handed to me by the postman!

The selvedge of the fabric says “Feel The Difference”. And you do. It’s soooo buttery soft and pretty close to being opaque. Perfect for a floaty girly dress.

Annie has stocked lots of the new gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics line. I’m super in love with the Gramercy prints; the colours of City Lights Night are so pretty and Central Park in Fog is so moody and romantic.

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The Cambie is such a nifty little sewing pattern, I love a fully lined dress. I used habutate lining in black which matched the weight of the voile perfectly. I love it when a plan comes together. Perfect for swishing.

The fit is pretty good I think. The darts could do to be a touch wider at the waist but that gives me a little room for dinner heehee.

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I’m also really happy that the sleeves don’t fall off my shoulders and the armholes fits nicely.

As you can see I went for the square neckline and I omitted the waistband, that combo pretty much stuck in my mind after seeing Roisin’s tape measure dress.

I’m not sure if I’ll try the sweetheart version but I’m super keen to try a button up version after seeing Rosie’s ace candy cane version.

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That’s a (pretty darn) invisible zip and I used a super fine needle as I would have been gutted to have big snarly catches in the fabric.

I decided the triangle shapes on the print should point downwards. That doesn’t seem to be how it was designed to be looked at but who cares, I love it.

And wahey, pockets! I nearly omitted them and then I thought, don’t be so miserable and put them in.


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I’m a big fan of The Village Haberdashery for four simple reasons:

  • there is a most excellent array of indie sewing patterns which I’ve no hope of getting around where I live;
  • the selection of fabrics is guaranteed to keep you occupied for hours because Annie just has cracking taste when it comes to prints;
  • and importantly the customer service is top notch. Annie went out of her way to order me the electric purple chambray for my Belladone while I was stood in the store with her. And even though she could have gotten sick of me bugging her about it, she still emailed me to let me know as soon as my much lusted-after metallic bird fabric hit the shelves.
  • Plus there are polka dot bags and a flat shipping rate, so enough said.

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The finished dress makes me so happy. That’s how all dresses should make you feel right?

I’m going to wear this out to the ballet next week. My mum and I are off to see The Great Gatsby!

Thank you Village Haberdashery.

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39 Comments

  1. Oh guuuurl I’ve been eyeing up this prnt forever, it looks so good on you! We should go hang at the Village Haberdashery sometime, it’s the cutest shop irl.

    1. Bwahahahah my wardrobe isn’t as full as I’d like! I sort of operate a one in, one out policy. I take unwanted rtw to charity shops to make space for makes!

  2. Happy, happy, happy! Your post was so upbeat. You clearly love the dress, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a perfect fit and the fabric is dreamy. And no, you’re not the last person to make a Cambie. After seeing yours I might just need to make one too. x

  3. You look fantastic! And you are definitely not the last person to make the Cambie because I just finished my first one! I love the fabric you chose (voile is THE best!) – such an unusual print – and the fit looks spot on to me! Isn’t it the best pattern?! I think I’ve got to go and make another one now after seeing yours…!

  4. I love it! Great fit, great fabric. I have had fabric and lining ready to made my second cambie for ages – your dress makes me think I need to make it SOON! Think I might try the straight neckline too as the sweetheart one on my first cambie is a tad too revealing…

    1. Thank you! That was my fear about the sweetheart! Eyes down, look in. Like that you’re going to be sewing again soon. I’ve missed your blog. I know you have other important things going on though 😉

    1. Thank you! After you pointed it out I made sure I had a good look at my muslin for any arm gapes. Fortunately I only had a smidge of excess to remove.

  5. I got a lovely Cambie pattern in the Roisin competition last year. I have been seeing some really good ones recently, so we are not the last ones to the table. I love this fabric, the other way up it looks like Christmas trees, and this way up it looks like reflections in water. Very pretty either way.

    1. Oooh reflections on the water, that’s lovely! Oh yes I remember. You deserved to win for the dress and matching parasol! Can’t wait to see yours.

  6. Beautiful dress Amy. I’ve not made a camie, but it’s sure one for the list. The shoulder straps look really comfy. Hope you enjoyed the ballet x

  7. I clicked over from your sew sweetness post – I LOVE this fabric; I have it and have thought it would be perfect for a cambie (have the pattern but am yet to make it). Your dress is so cute! Confirms that the fabric will be perfect for a cambie!

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