I love the Cambria Duster from Friday Pattern Company a lot. Last year, I made three versions and couldn’t share until the Minerva site was live… All were for the Minerva site (check out my profile here with all my shared projects). Okay, technically, I could have shared. Just not the exact wording. But then migraines.
It feels overdue to share these now since I love the pattern so much. It was after that I decided that no new pattern would hit my Minerva makes because I really want them to hit my blog first as reviews.
The Cambria duster is a long unlined jacket pattern with a tie and pockets that are built into the front panels. It’s a drop shoulder pattern meant to be worn with the sleeves turned up to show a cuff.
I made a 3XL with no alterations for my first one and bound all the seams in brightly coloured bias tape (basically whatever I had on hand). I used a lovely neon rainbow flecked chenille.
The fit is spot on for the design. Loose and comfy to wear. I am wearing the sleeves without the cuffs turned up above. You can see how the sleeves are longer to accommodate the turned up cuffs.
I really love this version. It’s perfect for a Spring/Summer/Fall jacket for me.
My next version was made with some terry fabric in a neon yellow and some brown non-stretch knit from my stash.
I shortened this version to fit my fabric requirements. It’s so freaking lovely to wear. I just love it so much.
How cute, right?
The final version was heavily modified since I used a cerise cotton lace for it. I removed the seams from some panels so that there were fewer seams to sew. As much as I love cotton lace, it tends to be quite thick and odd to sew. I didn’t want extra seams. I think the toughest thing about this type of lace has to be cutting it out. I also tried to cut on a single layer as much as possible. I still hurt my hands enough that I needed to ice them after.
I just couldn’t have hoped for a better result! The facings were eliminated as well so that they are just one layer. I shortened the length slightly and made the seams a bit straighter down so it sits open.
It’s super cute and I love it. Have I worn it much since making it? Nope. Not many places for me to wear it, but it also counts for chic lounge wear so I should probably just throw it on for zoom meetings. Haha.
The instructions on the pattern were great like all FPC patterns.
- Pattern: Friday Pattern Company Cambria Duster
- Pros: Great details. Those pockets btw are *chef’s kiss* big.
- Cons: Size range could be better. I will say that whenever a pattern ends in the 50-59 inch range.
- Make again?: Isn’t three enough? No, Andie, it isn’t.
- Rating: 5/5 stars