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The Foxy Cambie

January 11, 2015

Hot on the heels of my Paris Cambie comes a better-fitting Foxy Cambie.  This one is cut a size smaller, and I think it’s much better.

Sewaholic Foxy Cambie

Sewaholic Foxy Cambie

My first ever Cambie, the Pirate Cambie, was the version with a gathered skirt.  I have now decided gathered skirts can do one.  It’s taken me 5 years to realise they add bulk to the waist that isn’t always very flattering, not to mention they use a ton of fabric.  So I’m looking to avoid gathered waistlines for the moment.

It was stupidly windy when these photos were taken!

It was stupidly windy when these photos were taken!

For some reason, I had it in my head that the other skirt option on the Cambie pattern was A-line.  Clearly I didn’t pay too much attention to the line drawing!  The skirt shape isn’t great for me.  There’s a bit of excess fabric around the hips, and because of the pockets, it sort of stands out away from my hips and exaggerates their size somewhat!  What I would like to do the next time I make a Cambie, is to use the skirt pattern from the Deer and Doe Belladone dress, which is a very similar design but is definitely A-line.

From the back...

From the back…

The fabric for this dress is totally awesome and was a birthday gift from my friend Martha.  As well as foxes, it has little white rabbits!  I always love a good novelty print and this is no exception.  It also goes brilliantly with an orange cardigan I had already, and my bag.  The only thing I really need to complete the look is orange shoes.

Orange cardigan and satchel

Orange cardigan and satchel

Both this Cambie and the Paris Cambie are only partially lined.  I didn’t line the skirts because I didn’t have enough lining fabric, but I usually wear a slip or half slip anyway so it doesn’t make much difference to me.  The Paris Cambie is lined with crepe-backed satin, which feels lovely against the skin.  This one is lined with some bog standard poly slippery stuff, which does the job.

The wind is doing strange things to my hair!

The wind is doing strange things to my hair!

The skirt looks more A-line side-on, strangely…

Foxy Cambie - side view

Foxy Cambie – side view – and more wind-swept hair action

Anyway, even though I’ve complained a lot about the skirt, I still really love this dress.  The fit is much better than the last one and the fabric is brilliant.  It’s going to get a lot of wear!  I’m especially looking forward to wearing it when my son wears his amazing Foxy Coat:

Foxes 4eva!

Foxes 4eva!

  1. January 11, 2015 9:10 pm

    Love the whole outfit! I’m not sure the skirt is unflattering but you want to feel comfortable so I think swapping in the belladone skirt is a great idea. It’s similar enough that it’ll go well with the bodice and you’ll feel much better wearing the dress. Either way these foxes are ace!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 11, 2015 9:40 pm

      I’m just being very picky about the skirt, it’s not as bad as I’m making out, but yes the Belladone will work well next time!

  2. January 11, 2015 9:11 pm

    I love this pattern! Really need to buy it. That foxy fabric is amazing! Very nice dress 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 11, 2015 9:41 pm

      The pattern is on loan to me actually, I ought to buy my own version too!

  3. January 11, 2015 9:35 pm

    Really love this fabric, and am I the only one who sometimes wish they made grown up clothes like that coat? I would totally rock a fox print coat.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 11, 2015 9:43 pm

      The coat is amazing! I’m not sure I could pull of the sleeping-bag-esque puffa jacket style as an adult though!

      • January 12, 2015 5:27 pm

        That’s true, on a grown up it might look more Michelin-man than adorable. I have a down filled coat that is a bit puffy like this, it’s not flattering but it is like walking around in a duvet. No foxes on the outside though.

  4. January 11, 2015 10:20 pm

    I love the fabric and the little boys coat is perfection I mean how cute!!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 11, 2015 10:29 pm

      The fabric is lovely 🙂

  5. January 12, 2015 6:38 am

    I love the print! The white rabbits finish it perfectly. I like this shape on you but am looking forward to seeing it with the belladone skirt too.

  6. January 12, 2015 6:41 am

    I love this dress, I think it is soooo flattering on you! The fabric is super cute, I love how you have styled it.

  7. January 12, 2015 12:50 pm

    The print is really great! I think the dress shape looks nice on you, but mash-ups are always fun too.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 12, 2015 4:41 pm

      Thank you. I like it enough to wear it a lot, I’m just being super fussy!

  8. January 12, 2015 3:29 pm

    Love this shape on you. Your silhouette looks completely different (and somehow younger???)! I really wouldn’t say there was anything wrong with this shape of skirt at all but I’m sure you had something specific in mind.
    But what will you do with all your gathered skirt dresses?

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 12, 2015 4:39 pm

      Heheh, thanks Lucie, I am flattered! A lot of my previous makes no longer fit, so I’m not sure I have many dresses left with gathered skirt!

  9. January 13, 2015 10:38 am

    Omg. How cute is your little one???
    I love your dress- the fit looks really good.
    I get what you mean about gathered skirts, and the Cambie gathered skirt is sooooo pouffy! I have no curves whatsoever, and it even makes me look overly hippy.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 13, 2015 10:48 am

      Yes, I’ve definitely had enough of them!

  10. January 14, 2015 2:00 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! What’s not to love about the fox fabric, and I agree with you on gathered skirts. And the gathering is a pain in the bum to sew. This bodice would look great with the Belladone skirt.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 17, 2015 11:49 am

      Gathering is definitely a big pain in the bum! My next project for my daughter uses loads and loads of gathering, it did my head in! 🙂

  11. January 19, 2015 5:52 pm

    It looks lovely on you. I’m inspired to get this pattern x

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      January 23, 2015 12:23 pm

      Thanks, it’s a good pattern.

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