The Pattern: Sewaholic Cambie View A

Size and Alterations: Size 14 at the shoulders grading to 16 at the waist and hips. 1 1/2 inch full bust adjustment which added side-seam bust darts.

The Fabric: Cotton Sateen purchased over a year ago on Goldhawk road. Oh yes, the magical meet-up fabric finally made it out of the stash!

Time to Make: This was much quicker than I anticipated despite having 20 darts to sew once I’d added the FBA. All up about 4 and a half hours excluding cutting it out. Though I must give a shout-out to Jen’s chaining tutorial at Grainline – serious game changer people!


Favourite Features: Too many to choose from! The pockets are genius – though I would recommend reinforcing the stitching at the top and side edges, if you’re like me and always keep your hands in them. The fabric was a dream – sturdy and dependable making it easy to sew. Also, one of the things Tasia’s patterns always excel at – neat tricks for finishing the inside as nicely as the outside.


Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: I think I could have started with a size 12 at the shoulders as they are a little big and the top of the sweet heart neckline gapes. I really like the look of Tasia’s samples and I think this would make the difference.


First worn: Quarter Brief work function

Repeatability: For sure.


  • Claire (aka seemane) February 02, 2013

    Lovely dress! P.S. Chain-stitching <3!

  • Vicki Kate February 02, 2013

    I adore this on you! The colours look beautiful and the fit is pretty amazing, although you probably are right about downsizing the top of the bodice a little? I can see that dress being worn a lot!

  • Adrienne February 02, 2013

    Really pretty. I made the same changes to the neckline that you’re suggesting after my muslin.
    I agree that one of the strengths of Tasia’s patterns are the neat tricks and beautiful finishing. I almost always come away feeling that I’ve learned something new when I work with her patterns.

  • Tilly February 02, 2013

    This is seriously pretty… and you’re right, on the inside as well as the outside! x

  • Kathy February 02, 2013

    I LOVE this! It looks phenomenal. Great fabric choice and well fitted. I’ve been trying not to buy more patterns right now and you are not helping with showing off this great dress 🙂

  • Stevie February 02, 2013

    Fabulous! I am using my fabric in my SWAP, Gotta love the mystery fabric! x

  • Reana Louise February 02, 2013

    Amazing! I love, love, love getting a sneak peek at the insides of garments so thanks for sharing 🙂 Also this colour *really* freaking suits you.

  • Brumby February 03, 2013

    I should check my blog feed before sending random emails… lovely to see you again, the dress is georgous, love the pattern and colour!

  • Christine February 03, 2013

    Love the dress, its good to see you back, I really enjoy your blog..

  • lsaspacey February 03, 2013

    Welcome back to the blogosphere! And what a way to come back, that dress is amazing! Color and fit! You look gorgeous.

  • Ginger February 03, 2013

    This is adorable! I love the fabric! Great choice!

  • Kathy February 03, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous! I have this pattern and am inspired to sew a dress for spring now.

  • kaitui_kiwi February 03, 2013

    You are looking fabulous, it’s great to have you back in my reader! 🙂 I love that colour on you and it looks great with the blazer as well. I really must think about getting this pattern, there are so many amazing versions out there now.

  • Sølvi February 04, 2013

    Glorious! The fabric/pattern combination rocks. and I can absolutely see that this is already becoming a wardrobe staple. Pretty! 🙂

  • Rachel February 04, 2013

    Hello! You look amazing! Definitely make another one – such a beautiful style on you.

  • sallie February 04, 2013

    Beautiful! Such a flattering dress. Also – high-five on Grainline’s chaining tutorial…serious time saver!

  • MadeByMeg February 04, 2013

    oh I love it with the navy blazer for work!

  • Amanda February 06, 2013

    This fabric really makes the dress. Love it! Super cute for work 🙂

  • Shelley February 07, 2013

    Congratulations on such a beautiful Cambie. Looks wonderful on you. Perfect inside and out!

  • houseofpinheiro February 20, 2013

    how did I miss this dress? Wowww, Alana, this shape suits you so well. The fabric and the work is just magical..

  • Elinoora June 14, 2013

    The cambie dress looks lovely on you. I found your website through searching for ‘FBA cambie sewaholic’. Would you mind sharing a bit more about how you did the FBA? I’m still in the muslin phase, so now is my chance to make the alterations 🙂

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