The ‘City Lights’ Reversible Dress

Oh if only this week’s challenge would be taking place in a few weeks when I would be in the city of the inspiration! But it’s ok, I was still ready to take on the task of being inspired by Las Vegas.

I purchased the fabric used in this challenge back during my first visit to Britex, the uber (expensive) fabric store in San Francisco.  This fabric was on sale in their remnants section, and for as much as I liked the busy print, I haven’t been able to find the right inspiration for it.  But it was the first idea that popped into my mind when I heard Vegas.  It’s a pink and green print on a black background.  Busy and bright, like the Las Vegas strip at night.

I had enough fabric to make the new Sewaholic Cambie dress, which would be the perfect dress for a day of shopping and people watching in Vegas.  Oh but the nightlife in Vegas is what it’s all about!  Early on in the assembly of this dress I realized that the black fabric I was using for the full lining, would be the perfect LBD.  And wouldn’t it be great if this dress could translate from day to night?  Now, I don’t know if I would actually wear it all day and then turn it around for the evening (especially in Vegas humidity), but I do like having options.

The Facts

Fabric: 3.5 yards of cotton print on sale at Britex $20, black Kona cotton on sale $10
Pattern: Sewaholic Cambie $18
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Invisible zipper $2
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: Out and about after a day at the beach
Wear again? Oh yes!
Total cost: $50

Aside from the fact that you essentially make two dresses, this was about my usual 5 hours of sewing time.  I had to be a bit more careful when it came to attaching the lining and hemming the dress, to make sure that it could be worn inside and out.

What made my sewing go just a bit faster (for 2 dresses) this time around, was that I finally bit the bullet and purchased a serger. About time, right? I didn’t realize how much this was speed things up and aside from the fact that I’m still dealing with the learning curve of working with one, it’s been going surprisingly well. I’m looking forward to speedier sewing with it!

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Christine started sewing in late 2010, inspired by the many crafty bloggers and their gorgeous, self-made outfits. When she's not sewing, she's doing Irish and Scottish dancing, needlework or other various crafts, and hanging out with her hubby and fur babies (1 dog and 3 cats).

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  1. Hi Christine, love the dress and 2 for 1 makes it a great travel dress also. Would love to hear about your server, I’m in love with mine and I passed on info to Tempest who wants more. After I go the threading down, it was a blast to use. If you have any tips of when to serge during the process of construction I’m all, ears. Happy Serging!

    • Thanks Krista! I’ll probably be posting a review of my serger on my blog in the next week or so. I’m still getting completely used to it and trying it with various fabrics, steps in the process, etc. I’ve only made garments from pattern makers I’m totally familiar with so I’ve been comfortable finishing the seams each time I make a major step in construction (attached shoulders/sides/sleeves, etc). I think it’ll be different when I’m working with unfamiliar patterns though.

  2. Reversible! Brilliant.

  3. Jealous of you and your serger learning! :) This dress looks fantastic on you! Love that print :)

  4. Adorable! Have seen this pattern all of the web, must get one. Really like how it’s reversible.

  5. Love, love, love that it’s reversible. I’ve thought about doing it to skirts, but a dress is a different ball game!! Very nicely done.

    • The dress construction made it pretty easy to make it reversible – it just seemed like the logical next step when I was doing it. I also think the full skirt is more forgiving of the process. I’m starting to work on the variation of the dress, but not with the intention of making it reversible. I’m interested to see how it sews up though.

  6. Whoa, reversible dress, blow my mind! That is really really cute, and I’m so delighted to see how cute this dress looks on you. So so cute!

  7. What a fantastic idea! Both versions look great!

  8. What a clever pattern! Great for holidays – only need to pack half the stuff needed! Love your fabric choice for it.

  9. Great idea! wouldn’t have thought of this as a candidate for reversibility.

  10. Wow, I love that you made it reversible! That’s so clever and so appropriate for a fast change from day to night in Sin City! Great job!

  11. So glad you’ve joined the serger club…having one is a life-changer (as you’ve already learned). Your reversible day-night dress is SO COOL! That Cambie pattern is a winner.

  12. hi!! Did you have to adapt the bodice?? I noticed on the website it says for pear shapes… im top heavy but *love* the dress soooooo much!!
    Amy x

  13. Love the dress. What a nice summer frock to dress up or down. Did you need to make any adjustments on the bust, and were they pretty standard? You look great.

  14. You are a genius Christine love that the dress is reversible. Congrats on purchasing a serger too. You’ll be submitting two garments per challenge now :P Vegas? not far now! Great job as usual.

  15. This is so ridiculously clever Christine. The more I hear about the wonder of sergers too, the more I think I need to start saving up for one. I’m in Vegas in a week, I wonder if we’ll spot each other there?