Friday, 2 December 2016

Merchant and Mills Camber Set


A couple of months ago, fellow Perth sewer @homesewnstuff put a call out for bra foam for her Sophie swimsuit. I had some spare so offered it to her and she gave me the Camber Set pattern in return - how awesome is that?! This dress is just my style.


I wanted to make it from this green Irish linen that I had bought in Singapore, but I only had one metre. I managed to just squeeze the pattern on to the fabric, but had to piece together the back yoke and line the yoke with white cotton. I changed the neckline to a V-neck, as I prefer a lower neckline, and made a cotton facing to finish it off.


Once the dress was finished, I decided the colour needed a bit of a boost. It was feeling kind of washed out (below). The obvious choice was to dunk it into my indigo dye vat, with which I have been experimenting lately with great vigour. I will have to write about that soon as it's all very exciting. Well at least it is to me. Be prepared for all my future clothes to be blue!


I didn't want to completely lose the original colour of this dress, so I just dyed the the top portion. I lowered it into the dye to chest level and slowly out to create an ombre effect. Indigo dye works quite quickly, so I began slowly lifting the dress out as soon as it had gone in. I counted the seconds and lifted at a rate of about half a centimetre per second, so the shoulders were only in for about a minute. My indigo is quite light, so the effect is subtle, but I think the dye it gives the dress a lift.


After wearing the dress, I decided it needed pockets, so I pieced together two pockets from my tiny scraps and sewed them on.


Perfect and just in time for summer. Thanks @homesewnstuff for the excellent pattern!

10 comments:

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

It's really pretty and I love the dye job! I'm sure you're going to love wearing it during the summer.

Siobhan (Chronically Siobhan) said...

Wow, how gorgeous and summery. I love the pop of blue - it really does elevate the dress to something really special.

Anonymous said...

The ombre dye was inspired. This dress will be in constant rotation I'm sure.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

A lovely summery dress made all the more special with the subtle use of the dye. A very unique garment. Great work.

Caroline said...

Such a lovely dress. You always have such a good eye to transform simple garments into stunning pieces.

Sasha said...

what a lovely dress it's the color that makes it ... as fadanista said the ombre was really inspired

Jill said...

Beautiful dress Megan! Love the dyed effect!

Vicki said...

Perfect amount of dye . Loving dress and good swap for some foam.

Carolyn said...

What a gorgeous dress! the little bit of ombre dyeing is beautifully subtle and the perfect feature... very inspiring!!

deadlycraft said...

Lovely! Looks very cool and comfortable for summer and the dye job is genius :)

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