Cherbourg Dress

This dress started with the fabric. I bought it at Atelier Moondust during the sales and I immediately knew it would become a shirtdress. Unusually, I also immediately sewed the shirtdress in question. Not all fabrics can boast such a short stay in my stash!

I chose the Camí dress because it’s the most basic (in a good way!) shirtdress pattern I own. I knew I’d have to make some fitting adjustments though: my first Camí fits awfully at the neck and shoulders. Since I wasn’t really sure about how to fix that, I thought of comparing the pattern pieces to the one other pattern I’ve sewn that has a collar with a stand, the Cardamome dress. And then I thought, why not simply blend the collar and shoulders of the Cardamome pattern with the rest of the Camí? So that’s what I did. It was not the easiest to do because of the yoke of the Cardamome, but it did work: this version fits way better than the first one. It’s still not perfect, but it’s getting there. I might try a broad shoulder and/or back adjustment in the future, and maybe something for my sloping shoulders. And shortening the back bodice, too.

As you can tell from the pictures, I didn’t only make fitting adjustments; I also modified the opening: no more side zipper, but a full button band instead of the partial one of the original. It takes more time to put on or take off the dress, but I’m yet to get dressed or undressed in such a hurry that this poses a problem, and it’s also more comfortable to put on. And I love the look of the full button band so much!

Oooh, speaking of the buttons, aren’t they lovely? They are vintage and I got them at the last Lille Braderie. I was so happy to find such a perfect use for them!

Another change I made, which you can’t see in the pictures, is one I had also made on my first version, raising the too low pockets.

The only real problem of this dress is… the fabric! It’s the cutest with its adorable umbrellas and raindrops and everything, but man does it wrinkle, which makes it look a bit sloppy at the end of a day’s wear… Ah well, it won’t stop me from enjoying those little umbrellas!

10 thoughts on “Cherbourg Dress

  1. This dress is too cute! Thank you for giving the great idea how changing the shoulder fit since I‘ve had the same problems. I love the fabric‘s colour and the buttons are complementing the print so well.

  2. Beautiful. Another great fabric and pattern pairing. Such a lovely idea to create a full button band at the front.

  3. I remember seeing this one on your instagram feed – I love it! Print is so pretty and the buttons really are perfect (I spent a week in Lille a couple of years ago, I wish it was during the braderie!!)

  4. Such a cute print and those buttons are an absolutely perfect match! I love how the dress looks with a full button band.I sympathise with the shoulder fit as I can never get cotton dresses to fit across mine correctly! It’s something I’d like to work on too.

    • Thank you so much! 🙂
      I personally never really know whether it’s my shoulders, my back or the top of my arms that cause those fit problems… I’d tend to think it’s a combination of back and shoulders, but I’m never really sure. Someday I’ll crack that mystery, and you will yours!

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