I bought the Cambie pattern in May, with the intention of making my birthday dress with the aqua green Amy Butler Love Bliss Bouquet fabric... but the fabric was temporarily out-of-stock and by the time it arrived, I had a different pattern plan & Cambie languished, uncut.
All that changed this weekend. I decided to make a muslin of the Cambie. I cut a straight size 10 bodice because that most closely matched my measurements, but I also noticed the finished garment had 3" of ease, which seemed like a lot for the style, so I was braced for having to make adjustments.
I ended up improving the fit considerably, but there was still a lot of improvement. I felt determined, so I drew all of the changes that I made onto the pattern pieces and recut a second dress. My first dress was made with a very crisp vintage cotton I thrifted. The second fabric is also thrifted, a soft drapy rayon that I think is from the 1990s.
My husband snapped a few quick photos of the second dress, which I wore out this evening, but they were mostly quite blurry. Maybe we'll get some good pictures from the front later, but these show a smoother fit on the back.
With 2 muslins complete, I was confident enough to move away from thrifted odds and ends to more special fabric. I cut out a third Cambie from Michael Miller prints and it's almost finished. Stay tuned for more photos when it's complete. I think its still in a semi-muslin phase for fit, but the prints will be a lot of fun to wear.
For now, I will conclude with a parting shot of my fun contrast-fabric pockets in both muslins.