Camber Dress // Denim Chambray // Holm Sown

Camber Set Dress – Denim Chambray

After making a Camber Set by Merchant & Mills top (pre-blog) I wanted to sew one up as a dress/tunic length. I love the back yoke and bias neckband features of the Camber Set giving it a more tailored look that a standard shift.

Camber Set from Merchant & MillsThe Camber does come with a lot of design ease around the hips so bear this in mind when selecting your size. For my top I’d made a size 14 and the fit was spot on (with no alterations) I went with that, with a view to taking in the side seams later if required.

I wanted to include the circular hip pockets that Fabric Tragic added to a similar denim shift dress here. She very kindly gives you a pattern piece to use for the pocket which you can download here.

Camber Dress - with belt // Denim Chambray // Holm Sown

I used some mid-weight denim chambray that I had left over from another project. The denim is yarn dyed in classic denim blue colour.  It is heavier weight that a lot of the chambray fabric out there, making it a bit stiffer and less drapey, but perfect for this style of dress.  For the inner yoke and pocket linings I used a small piece of Liberty tana lawn “Isle of Wight D” fabric I had in my stash.

Camber Dress // inner yoke - Liberty Isle of Wight D // Holm Sown

All the seams were sewn on my sewing machine, and then overlocked where relevant.

After sewing up the sides I tried it on to check the overall look.  The length was OK, but I re-sewed the side seams from the bust to the hem, taking it in quite a bit. I compared my final stitched line to the pattern and guesstimate it ended up around a size 10 at the hip.  If you are thinking about making it, check the finished garmet measurements to see what size you need, and consider how much drape your fabric selection has.

Camber Dress - without belt // Denim Chambray // Holm Sown

This dress gets a lot of wear and now that it is getting colder it is easy to layer up with a long sleeved t-shirt underneath. I’m not keen on the look of it un-belted – I find it a bit too shapeless with the stiffness of the chambray – so I always wear it with a belt. It always gets a lot of complients in the shop which is nice.  Perhaps I should start stocking the pattern?

If you wanted a similar style but with more shaping to avoid having to wear a belt, then the Colette Laurel would be worth considering as it has back darts and a zip.

Camber Dress // pocket detail // Holm Sown

Would I make it again? I’m not sure the pockets are a total success. I think I probably placed them a little low, and the pocket bag isn’t that big so you can’t really store anything in them. I’d like to try making this again with the apron style pockets on the Vogue V1247 skirt (another pattern I have in my stash that I’ve yet to get round to making!).

Other versions: Thread Riding Hood | Behind The Hedgerow | Sew Brunswick | Clever Tinker

Fabric: Denim Chambray – 1.6m @ £18.40 ; Liberty scraps ~£5

Pattern: Camber Set from Merchant & Mills – £0 (used before)

Notions: Thread

Total cost: £23.40

6 thoughts on “Camber Set Dress – Denim Chambray

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  2. I have just made the Camber Dress before I found yours. I made mine in blue chambray from Merchant and Mills.I didn’t make a muslin as I thought the fabric was a reasonable price if it was a disaster. I chose to go a size smaller than my bust measurement. The front of the dress is fine.The shoulders I think I could have gone down a size.I appear to have extra room at the back so I will make a smaller size next time. The sleeves I widened and made slightly longer . My waist is larger than the pattern size but I didn’t make any alterations as I thought it looked roomy ..I was right ! I have taken extra seam allowance from under arm all the way to the hem.The sleeves I put in flat as that is how I like to insert mine. I will make it again as it is a lovely pattern.. just what I’ve been looking for.I also bought a narrow belt but I like mine without a belt. Lovely to read your review. Valerie

    1. Glad you managed to make a success of it! Now that you’ve got the fitting tweaks sorted I’m sure you’ll make another as it is such an easy dress to wear.

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