30 March 2014

"Hey, you're wearing a green dress. What, are you Irish? I bet you're Irish." FO: Dolly Cricket dress!

Nothing to disclose.

Cricket dress + sweater

I finally did some fancy pictures for my Cambie dress. I decided to enter it into Sew Dolly Clackett, so I took a page out of Dolly Clackett herself's book and took pictures in front of my front door. Glad all my little plants are blooming! 

Cricket dress

The need for the big skirt.

This was why I added extra fabric to the skirt: to be able to wear it to dance in on St. Patrick's Day. Holding the skirt is part of all of my favorite dances. This is me on the local news dancing in the dress: http://www.news10.net/videos/life/2014/03/17/6549351/

Cricekt dress + Moe

I'm a sucker for a dress with pockets.

I'm not a sucker for a dress that puts the "ass" in "massive", and this does. I didn't add that much to the skirt, so I have to assume that I'm not the only one with this problem. Especially because the waistband hits below my natural waist, it really makes the lower half of the dress look BIG. The fabric design doesn't help. If I remade this, and I very well might, I would definitely take fabric out of the skirt or do view A. This has actually reverse-inspired me to make some pencil skirts and tighter fitting things because this is so big. The fit could have been better, but I always consider the first item done from a pattern to be a muslin. You never know how you will feel about fit until you put in a zipper and wash it a few times and wear it all day long. I know that for future Cambies, tighter is better in the bodice. I will probably wear a belt with it, too, but haven't tried that yet.

I do love this dress and plan to wear it to a lot of the Celtic events that I attend, when I'm not wearing dance costumes and the like. I LOVE that I can wear a "regular" bra with it, and I've been meaning to put some ribbon strap-holders in the shoulders. It's very comfortable to wear and despite being pretty out there (i.e. covered in shamrocks and clover) no one has said anything weird or otherwise about it.

Pattern: Sewaholic Cambie
Fabric: Heather Ross Briar Rose Cricket Clover in Yellow Clover (quilting cotton)
Alterations/Mods: added fabric to skirt
Dress stats: fully lined, vintage metal zipper
Cost: fabric $15, pattern $24 ($18+shipping), zipper - stash = $39
Started 2/27/14, finished 3/02/14

Verdict: Dress B+, Pattern A


  1. Tee-hee, I love how you fooled all those St. Patrick's Day goers with your fabulous Highland dancing. :-) Great job on the dress!

    1. I mean, when you've already got Highland Bagpipes celebrating an "Irish" holiday, Highland dance isn't much of a stretch. I just chalk it up to the Great American Melting Pot.

  2. This dress looks great on you! I love how you styled it with casual shoes too. Makes me want to do the same because sometimes I feel too girly in some dresses.

    1. Thank you! I almost never wear girly shoes, mostly because I am 5' 10" and they make me too tall! Plus shoes can sometimes be the difference between overdressed and just perfect.

  3. Its a lovely dress, and perfect for a gal from an Irish pub. Maybe if you make another one you could try a circle skirt - lots of flare but no gathers!
    Thanks for the comment on my blog too.

    1. Thank you! Circle skirts are in my future for sure! I love the way tartans look with them.