September 2018 Make for MCBN

Do you have a specific independent sewing pattern company that you just cannot seem to get and use enough of their patterns? I do! I am still obsessed with Deer and Doe. I am determined to make nearly every one of their patterns.

My current favorite of their patterns is the Cardamome dress. That bib detailing is amazing! I waited for such a long time to attempt sewing my version of this dress because I was quite worried that it wouldn’t look at all right on me.

Then I saw that there was a tutorial on how to eliminate the shirring at the waist in favor of a standard waistband. And after looking at Camille’s version several times and loving how the dress looked without buttoning up the bib/collar section, I knew that I had to at least try to make this dress work for me.

I made a bazillion adjustments. As a matter of fact, it might be hard to identify this dress as a Cardamome since it looks so very different from the model pictures.

I won’t go into the why and how of all the adjustments since that is included in detail in my post on the Minerva Crafts website, but here is a list of the changes I made:

  • 1 1/2 inch FBA

  • 3/4 inch sway back adjustment

  • Eliminated the shirring and added a waistband and side zipper

  • Replaced the skirt with a simple gathered skirt

  • Added in-seam pockets

  • Left off the buttons/buttonholes on the bib

  • Cut sleeves two sizes larger than rest of pattern

Wow! That is a good amount of changes to make to a pattern. But by tweaking it as much as I did, I now have a dress and traced off pattern that I love and want to make more.

And did you notice the sleeves?? I can never make sleeves work in woven fabric! They have always been far too constricting for my active lifestyle; usually digging into the front of my underarm or preventing me from lifting my arms.

I’m incredibly happy that I finally have a dress pattern with long sleeves that I can use. It will make dressing for cold weather MUCH easier!

Check out my blog post on Minerva Crafts for more details on the adjustments I made.

-Emily