Paper Dahl

How do I love this dress? Let me count the ways. 

  1. It is an amazing linen-rayon blend from Bolt Fabric Boutique here in Portland.
  2. It fits great. 
  3. I love the look.
  4. The pattern/construction were fabulous. 

So yes. It is the Merchant & Mills Camber Dress, and I am in LOVE!

I had read rave reviews of Merchant & Mills patterns before, but I don’t know…something about the packaging and branding made me feel like the patterns were a bit frumpy and old-fashioned. But on a recent visit to Bolt, this Camber Set piqued my interest. I started to look at the dress as a silhouette instead of how it was presented on the envelope, and my vision unfolded. 

I wanted something modern, comfortable, flattering and streamlined. I wanted it to be easy and quick to sew but not without enough detail to keep my interest. 

And that is exactly what I got. 

I used my measurements and made a size 10. From looking at other bloggers’ photos online, I think some people must have gone down a size as mine is less fitted than others. I like this look though, so I’m glad I stuck with it. It’s very comfortable and will also have ample room for my chest after my surgery next month. I also decided to shorten the dress by 15cm after trying it on. I like the longer look, but this shorter length was more what I had in mind for this fabric. 

I love the exposed bias facing on the front of the neckline, and the yoke (shown above) adds a nice, unique touch. The fit is superb, and I can’t wait to make a tee version, too. And who knows…I might just have to invest in some more Merchant & Mills patterns – this one is just that good!

Have you sewn Merchant & Mills? What do you think? 

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