Cambie dress in Sakura

Cambie dress Cambie dress

My most favorite dress at the moment! The pattern is Cambie by Tasia at Sewaholic. This pattern confirmed my love for Tasia’s patterns, they don’t require too much alteration and the results are always flattering on me.

I made the dress in size 2, and my pattern alterations are:

  • shortened the bodice 3 cm.
  • swayback alteration
  • shortened the skirt
  • changed the sweetheart neckline to straight neckline, following Tasia’s tutorial here.
  • I also tucked the center front a bit to prevent gaping neckline as most of my dresses tend to have this problem.

The fabric is medium-weight kimono fabric by Kokka with Sakura flowers pattern and interesting raised texture from the weft thread. Other sewing notions are blue rayon for lining and invisible zipper.

I didn’t make a muslin (!), and cut the pretty fabric rightaway with the altered pattern. Fortunately everything went well. The only thing that needed to be fixed was the gaping armholes. I just pinched them about 1 cm on each side of underarm.

I love love love this dress. The fabric was pretty but when it started to change into this dress, it seemed to get prettier. I wore it the next day when taking my son to his aikido class in the community center. Nothing special, really; but I don’t need anything special to go to wear my favorite dress!

Cambie dress Cambie dress

Cambie dress Cambie dress

Cambie dress Cambie dress

 Pattern is Cambie dress by Sewaholic, size 2.

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  • Very nice. This simple design of this dress compliments the beautiful fabric.
    Looks great on you!

  • It’s lovely! I like it in the bold print. Your construction details about gaping armholes and necklines makes me think you need to being doing an FBA (full bust adjustment) to your bodices, as both fitting issues indicate that the bodice should be cut on the upper chest measurement, not the bust measurement, and the adjustment done through the bust area. Just a thought! 🙂 I’ve not cracked open my Cambie pattern yet, but when I do, I’ll be making up the A-line skirt version as you did. I just can’t decided on my fabric…..

    • verypurpleperson

      I’m small size so I’ve never thought about FBA before! It makes sense though. I will be inspecting my patterns now! Thank you so much for the tip! 🙂

  • I love this pattern too! I’ve made View A & B one after the other. I love your fabric!

  • Beautiful fabric and beautiful pattern. Your sewing is impeccable! I love that turquoise lining.

  • I love this dress on you. And I love how well constructed it its. I’m working on my skills and hope that one day my garment insides will look as beautiful as yours.

  • Brenda

    Gorgeous! And doesn’t it feel great wearing a dress you love in the every day of life?!!! What a cherished, repeatable moment! Continue to enjoy! It looks great!

  • Max

    So beautiful! I love the lining, it really pops!

  • I so want to make this dress and I have the perfect fabric in my stash.

  • Lovely dress, beautyful colors and perfect finishing. I am impressed.
    Greetings from Poland!

  • You have such an eye for fabrics! How do you do that!? Its just gorgeous on you.

  • Em

    Lovely! Looks beautiful on you!

    Sewaholic’s name is Tasia, btw. : )

    • verypurpleperson

      Ouch how could I do that?? >_< I'm sorry Tasia! Thank you so much Em for correcting me, I shall edit the post!

  • I love the dress! It suits you perfectly.

  • I love the cut of this dress. And the pattern is so adorable.

  • What a winning dress! It’s the prettiest Cambie dress I have seen yet!

  • Colleen

    So pretty and I love love love the pretty lining!

  • wow! You did such an amazing job! I can’t believe you didn’t sew a muslin. You’re brave!

  • What a sweet dress! I love this on you!

  • Tropnordique

    What a lovely, pretty dress, and suits you so well!

  • leila

    This is fabulous! You are amazing. Can’t wait for your next project.

  • It looks gorgeous on you! I love the straight neckline alteration!

  • Deb


  • This fabric is absolutely stunning and the cut looks fabulous on you!

  • Marilyn

    Gorgeous dress!!!!