Monday, 23 December 2013

Merchant and Mills Camber Set Sparkly Dress

My go to for indie patterns is definitely The Village Haberdashery.  They always have what I'm looking for in stock and their quick delivery times means I never have to wait long to get started.  A while ago I joined their customer advisory board (you might have noticed the graphic on the right?) and one of the perks (other than getting sneak peaks at up coming fabric collections) is a voucher for your birthday.  I wanted to use mine for something practical that I would get good use of.  Which is when I happened upon The Camber Set pattern by Merchant and Mills.
I'd always been intrigued by Merchant and Mills patterns but was put off by the nature of them; rolled in cardboard tubing and limited sizing.  However this pattern is like every other pattern; factory folded in an envelope.  Much more my style.  The actual dress reminded me of one of my favourite tunic dresses from M&S that I wear all the time but have never seen a pattern to re-create it.  Well that problem is now gone and I've found it!
The shape is simple, only bust darts and no other fussy construction details.  I love the yoke on the back and the bias tape neckline.  I squeezed this version out of 1m of 45" cotton/lurex from John Lewis and 0.7m ponte roma jersey from work.  This meant I had to take quite a bit off the length, but for me this was no issue as I tend to like my tunics shorter so I have the option of leggings or tights with it.
 sorry about the over-exposed photo, I think the lurex dazzled the camera!

I used the cotton/lurex for the front, and cut it on the cross grain for the yoke at the back, let's call it a feature and not a lack of fabric left over from the front and bias!  The back and sleeves are the ponte roma.  The jersey back makes it super comfy whilst the cotton/lurex makes it a little special, verging on party wear!  I did wear this during the day and my neighbor told me I looked awfully glam for just going into uni!
 a closer look at the bias neckline

I'd definetly recommend this pattern for a simple tunic.  It made up in less than two hours and is very versatile.  I've just cut another version in Liberty cotton lawn.  And if you do decide to try it out, please do visit The Village Haberdashery website to get it and browse their lovely fabrics whilst you're there!

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