Bettina is wearing the Camelia Draped Dress, standing, looking at the camera with crossed arms

Camelia Draped Dress

I have purchased all materials, patterns, workshops, etc. myself. All opinions are my own.

Finally I was able to finish a project again! I’ve been working on my coat since late November, but I completed this quick project, a Camelia Draped Dress, last weekend. The dress needed to be done by the end of February according to my plan, because I want to wear it to a wedding.

I sewed the dress at one of our Dresden sewing weekends. Organized by Katharina, these retreats every 2-3 months are a great opportunity to meet up with fellow sewists and devote ourselves to our sewing projects for a whole weekend.

I underlined the dress with knit lining fabric. My idea was to make the dress look nicer and hide lumps and bumps. I put the lining fabric wrong sides together with the outer fabric and then worked the two layers as if they were one.

Insides of the Camelia Wrapped Dress

Unfortunately, the lining fabric has hardly any lengthwise stretch. Because of that, ugly little puckers form along some of the seamlines. I’m tempted to cut out the lining fabric, but I’m not sure if I’d be able to remove it from the seams. If anyone has any tips, I’m all ears!

Mitered corner on the skirt piece of the Camelia Wrapped Dress
I worked the skirt corners as mitered corners – not part of the original instructions.

Size Selection & Adjustments

Based on my measurements (B: 95cm/37.5in, W: 73cm/29in, H: 103cm/40.5in) and the size chart, I selected size 4. I confirmed the size by measuring the pattern pieces and comparing them to my measurements.

The Camelia Draped Dress comes in different cup sizes, which I love! Because of the cup sizing, I only had to adjust the overall length (+2cm/0.8in above the waist, +3cm/1.2in between waist and hips, +4cm/1.6in between hips and hem) and the shoulder length (+2.5cm/1in).

When choosing cup sizes, I can’t rely on the common method (subtracting the upper bust from the full bust), because I have a narrow ribcage, but wide shoulders. I only have a difference of 2-3cm/1in between these measurements. Based on my past experience, I selected a D cup.

I do recommend this sewing pattern. The finished measurements correspond to the size chart and I also love how many body and garment measurements are provided by the designer. This is very convenient, because it helps you figure out which adjustments you might need to make. Only the draped pleats at the waist seemed a bit strangely drafted to me. They’re not parallel and the folded up pieces don’t always align with the edge of the pattern piece, if you know what I mean.

Project Details

Pattern: Camelia Draped Dress by Designer Stitch
Fabric: Cotton jersey (95% CO, 5% EL) from Emily’s Nähstübchen
Lining: Knit lining from Stoffe Zanderino

2 Comments

  1. Ann

    Greetings my friend. Ann here from Designer Stitch. Beautiful job you have done on your Camelia – and the pleats – they aren’t supposed to be parallel….where they fold and prove to the side seam you have to give the fabric a little tug and make the folds match the cut edges….they have been draped diagonally for this style hence why you make the pleats meet at the cut side seams. I see the
    puckering – I would cut the lining out of the dress as it makes the dress not hang properly. And if you were to make the dress again you need a very slight sway back adjustment – there is a great tutorial on my web site for that. Cheers xx

    1. Bettina

      Hi Ann! Thank you for taking the time to comment and educate me! I really appreciate it. I have cut out the lining now and it hangs much better now. I will take some updated photos and post them.
      Hugs, Bettina

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