_MG_5892I am so glad I discovered independent patterns (and pattern makers) last year. For me it is the best way to learn sewing because these patterns come with excellent and couraging instructions. You get to work on a real project while someone is holding your hand, giving directions and tips. While it´s been very rewarding to me, it´s also a good way to support worthy makers/companies by buying a pattern that´s relatively affordable.

One of my two favourite labels is Merchant and Mills. From the beginning I was smitten by their look because I have a soft spot for things from UK in general. So I decided to try the Camber Set.
_MG_5871 I knew I had to start by making a muslin because it´s a bit difficult to see what their patterns can do and how they fit. Don´t get me wrong I love their imagery but I just have difficult time imagining the garment´s shape and size. I had been looking Camber dresses and tees on Pinterest but it proved really informative to make a mock version. I was looking for a fuss-free dress pattern and thought of making a Scout dress alteration or either Inari Tee Dress but I think this pattern really provides the best of both worlds, the simplicity of Scout and the slighter A-line/bell shape of Inari.
_MG_5872After fitting the toilé version I realized I would have to go down one size (to 8) because the fit is quite generous. Also I decided to make the neckline 1 cm/ 1/2″ wider from the front in order to get in more easily and shorten the whole dress approximately by 7.5cm/3″. In addition I made note for myself to position the ease on sleeves a little more to the front so the sleeve would set in better.
_MG_5887 After making a toilé I had a pretty solid understanding of the pattern. But still I decided to sew Camber Tee in size 8 with those aforementioned mods before cutting into my actual fabric. I chose this Marimekko print from my leftover pile. I used it to line my black wool coat and had just the right amount for a Camber Tee. It was a good lesson in pattern matching and I ended up tweaking the dress pattern by adding 1″ to the sleeve lenght.
_MG_5891My actual fabric for Camber dress is also from Merchant and Mills. It´s lovely wobbly linen with black and white waffle weave. I have one (very old) summer tunic with similar weight linen and knew how nice this fabric would be. After flashy colours of the previous picture it looks a bit dull but it really shines beyond comparison in my opinion. And it´s lovely to sew, especially with a walking foot to match those squares.

I feel pretty pleased with the both versions but I will report back on both of them when I have finished the dress.

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6 Responses to The Camber Set Pattern

  1. Cocos Loft says:

    Looking forward to seeing the finished versions! I agree with you re. M&M – muslin required. I’ve sewn four of their patterns and had some surprises in fit and actual appearance. But they are way more dependable than Hot Patterns – whose drawings only faintly resemble the actual pattern!

  2. bellecitadel says:

    I’m interested to see how it turns out. I also like Merchant & Mills general style/ethos but I must admit I find their pattern covers a bit offputting. I just find it hard to visualise the garment and would rather they were “normal” pictures. I could always spend 2 mins looking them up I suppose… :)

    • Niina Niina says:

      Hi, and thanks for letting me know about your blog, I subscribed immediately. It´s contradictory that I find their look so impressive and simple but understanding the patterns so difficult. Perhaps it has something to do with ideal models that I have accustomed to see showing off clothing and that is something these pictures clearly reject by showing only the garment or a few pictures with very diverse models. Either way, I hope they stick to their line but add up to video as in Workbook´s case to show off the patterns.

  3. Lizzy says:

    Ooh, I can’t wait to see how your Camber Sets come out, that M&M fabric is beautiful. If you’re ever in the UK the M&M store in Rye on the South Coast is just amazing! I could easily spend hours there cooing over fabric and scissors. I’ve never had serious fit issues with their patterns before, but I always need to remember to lengthen before cutting out. I don’t think of myself as particularly tall, but their skirts and trousers always come up short on me.

    • Niina Niina says:

      Oh good to know, since I´m planning to make trousers. I´d love to go to to Rye and South Coast, in fact I dream of it on weekly basis. I´ve been to UK a few times and loved it.

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