A new dress is always something to get excited about. When said dress actually lives up to the expectations in your mind's eye then the satisfaction is even greater. This month's Minerva Crafts Blogger Network project did just that - I love the style, colour, and fabric of this dress. It appears I have quite a thing for blue at the moment - my last three projects have been in a very similar palette. Discovering my own personal style or just getting boring and stuck in a rut?!
Slightly apron-like? Maybe. But it's made from slouchy, supple linen fabric with a few glimpses of Liberty to give it a refined and slightly sophisticated look. And the pockets! A dress is only as good as its pockets and these are easily accessible (mostly for puppy treats these days!) and don't interrupt the lines of the dress (like I thought they might do if I added them to the side seams).

The details

Pattern

This is another stellar pattern from Merchant and Mills. The pattern is oh-so-simple which really is its beauty. It's well-drafted and leaves lots of room for personalisation. I already have at least three other versions in my head.

Fabric

Navy Blue Washed Linen Fabric from Minerva. Fantastic drape with the perfect weight - I'd happily wear this layered up for winter. I love the crumpled look and make no apologies for the worn-in look of these photos. I love it this way!

Size

Bust size seemed to be the most important factor in determining size. I was between a size 10 and 12 for this. I went for size 10 as this is the same size I made my Factory Dress from Merchant and Mills so was pretty confident of a decent fit. It's on the snug side but overall I'm happy with the fit.

Construction notes

Overall, a very straight-forward sew. If in doubt with any of the instructions just focus your attention on the illustrations as opposed to the words.

- I added pockets. Ever since making the Oliver+s Book Report Dress for Margot the usefulness of these pockets has stayed with me. I followed the basic guidelines from this pattern and added them to the Camber Dress. I'm so happy with how they turned out!

- I shortened the length by 15cm.
- I haven't been present in the world of social media much these days. Each day I endeavour to get on top of my sewing projects and re-engage with this supportive and always-inspiring community. I have however recently found a new and fresh love for Pinterest. It was here I found this post on different hemming methods so decided to try something new for this dress. I added some sparkly bias tape for a touch of bling. I was enjoying making this dress so much that I even decided to hand-stitch the hem.

Final thoughts

My sewing and blogging has slowed down immensely over the past few months. Our house move, summer holidays and settling into a new life in a new country and, most recently, the addition of a puppy to our lives, have conspired against me to force sewing to the back burner. I have so many thoughts and ideas for the future of this blog and I can't wait to have some time to get them all underway. I miss sewing, I miss posting, and I miss being in touch with so many others from this community.

But let's talk about the dress. Well, in short, I love it. It's simple and definitely a staple wardrobe item for me. Although a simple style, the pattern is well-drafted and there's a meticulous attention to detail to give a professional finish to your handmade garment. There are so many possibilities for personalisation - my head is already spinning with ideas for pockets and different necklines.

If you would like to make your own version, you can see the fabric I've used in my materials list.

So, tell me, what have you all been sewing?! Thanks for sticking with me and continuing to read.

Laura x