I don’t do a lot of dress making despite my love of sewing. I often find it hard to fit garments to myself and I seriously lack confidence in making clothes. Despite this I made myself a Merchant and Mills Camber Top back in the summer of 2019 and was really pleased with the final garment (once I shortened it as the original was proving too long for the garments I wanted to pair it with).
Shortly after making the top I came across some beautiful Seasalt fabric in their outlet shop at Clarks Village in Somerset. I picked up three meters of a wide fabric for only £20. I immediately decided to make myself a Camber dress but then the fabric and pattern sat in my stash for a long time.
Just before Christmas our eldest son had tonsillitis and we had to cancel some plans. So with a little period of enforced home time I decided to pull out the pattern and fabric and whip myself up a dress for Christmas Eve.
As with the top, this was a very simple pattern to make and the style of the garment is very flexible and forgiving. I needed to take some length off of the original pattern but having learnt from the top I did this at the beginning. I was delighted that the width of the fabric meant that I actually got the whole dress out of 1.5 meters of fabric so I have some left for another project.
If I am honest the fabric turned out to be a little lighter weight than I had thought and this dress will be better suited to warmer weather. However, I did wear it on Christmas Eve with a slip and under a coatigan. The addition of warm wooly tights and boots also helped.
I would highly recommend this pattern and I hope to use it again soon. I have some black jeans that are calling out for a top so would love to find some fabric to use for that project and I also fancy a dress in denim so watch this space!