Sewaholic's Saltspring Dress V1

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The Saltspring dress by Sewaholic has my heart. I'm jet lagged from going to Ohio and having to stay unexpectedly overnight in Phoenix due to bad weather, but I'm still going to get started on another version of this dress when I get home because I can't get it out of my mind!

Pockets!!!!

Luke and I went to Ohio to see my dad and took these photos on Ohio Wesleyan's campus. It was hot and humid for this California girl, but luckily this dress saved the day. If it's over eighty degrees I start freaking out and melting hahah. What can I say, the beach is really close to my house, so I am pretty spoiled when it comes to nice weather :)

Back to the sewing, you guys, I can't say enough good things about this pattern. It's straightforward to sew (although there is a sew along going on right now if you need some extra help), super comfortable, and the longer length (View B) makes me feel so glamorous.

I can see this dress being styled for a casual beach day, a day of sight seeing (like I did in Ohio!), or dressed up with some cute wedges and a long necklace. There are so many options!

There seems to be some hesitation on whether this silhouette will work for some people based on their height. I was one of these people, but this pattern has converted me. I'm not the tallest or the shortest (5'5), but I think the pattern works for me!

I loveeee my fabric choice and was so happy to find this at my local store, Betty's. The bolt wasn't labeled, but I think it's a voile. Whatever it is, it's super light weight and comfortable.

Before starting to sew I was kind of confused on the whole blousing thing. Once I saw the pieces cut out it all made sense. The lining piece is slightly shorter than the bodice front. When the bottom pieces are lined up and sewn together the top bodice piece bubbles because it's a little longer. It's very clever because throughout the day you're not yanking at the bodice trying to get it to lay correctly.

The narrow tied straps aren't really my thing, so I opted to use a thick strap on each side. Caroline (the one in charge of the sew-along), gave some other ideas for the straps here.  I followed her technique and am very pleased with the results. Thanks for being awesome, Caroline!

What I am NOT pleased about is this little tear I got in my fabric :(!!!! It's front and center on the blouse and I'm not sure how I managed to do it. Hopefully, some Fray Check will save the day...

29 comments :

  1. J'adore! It looks so good on you, and makes me wish summer was just a little longer here so I could justify making one! Those colours are great on you, and you look effortlessly stylish! All hail Sewaholic! :)

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  2. I love your dress and I love the fabric. I;m finishing up my Saltspring and I'm not thrilled with the fabric (from my stash) but I do love the pattern. Just a suggestion...could you applique a new tan leaf over the tear with a cut out from some of your extra fabric? I have no idea if it would work or not...

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  3. Looks great! I made one but didn't love the silhouette on me... it definitely suits you well. Maybe a little fusible interfacing on the back of the tear too?

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  4. Looks like the perfect summer dress- you're looking perfectly comfortable and relaxed! And I absolutely LOVE your fabric!

    If I have a little hole like you do there, sometimes I'll apply whisper weft or other super light fusible interfacing to stop it in its tracks. Works a treat :-)

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  5. This is gorgeous! I love the thicker straps too.

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  6. downright awesome this is. im {VERY} tempted to purchase this pattern....very!

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  7. A Stitching OdysseyAugust 29, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    This is sooo lovely...looks breezy and easy to wear, but very smart too! I love the thicker straps and they'd be my preferred option if I was to make this too. Is your fabric a viscose? Tat rip you have looks awfully familiar...it's something that happens to most of the viscose I've bought and normally it happens when I pre-wash the fabric :o( Hope you can mend it!

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  8. It's totally lovely. I can imagine it with a fitted blazer! Great job changing the straps. It really works :)

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  9. Oooh it's lovely!! Such a perfect dress for swanning about when the weather's hot. Looking good!

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  10. I love love this dress! The shape with fabric make is super classy and totally cute!!

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  11. It's just gorgeous, this is definitely on my list of summer makes. I love yours, it's so pretty

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  12. Ahhh!! Your version is awesome! Love that fabric! The long length suits the fabric well :) I'm making the shorter version, no blousing/no zip and crikey, it's an easy make, and so pretty and feminine! :)

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  13. Very cute! The fabric has kind of an Art Nouveau feel to it and it looks great with the flowy silhouette! I hadn't thought of making this one but I might have to add it to my (super long) sewing list!

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  14. God, this looks so good on you!

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  15. This is SO cute on you! I love it! If I moved back to SoCal, I would want a whole closet full of these! :)

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  16. Beautiful!! You and the dress :) Those straps look more comfy too--good idea.

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  17. That dress is gorgeous on you, Erin! I love the colors in the fabric and the overall silhouette of the dress. You should definitely make a few more of these :)

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  18. This looks so amazing on you Erin! I looooove it! Thanks for the shout out :)

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  19. Snap! I'm 5'5 too, the perfect height I think. This fabric is crazy cool, I love it and that olive green in it really suits you. I'm not sure about the straps either, this variation was a really good choice. Great make!

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  20. This is such a pretty dress on you. I love the fabric. Hope the fray check comes to the rescue. :)

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  21. Oh no! That little hole at the front makes me sad, but this dress makes me oh so happy. And you look so fresh and gorgeous in that dress! The total opposite of freaking out and melting :)

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  22. What a great dress....you can't even see the hole. The salts ping has been tempting me. That hot humid day you described in Ohio, yeah that's at least half of the year here. So anything I can sew up and wear and still look cute while I'm melting outside would be great!

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  23. How good does this dress look on you! I really like your choice of fabric and the straps - Love.

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  24. Gorgeous! Great fabric and I really like the thicker straps. I think all that stuff about needing to be a certain height to wear maxi dresses is rubbish. I'm five two and love my maxi dresses. If it wasn't the end of summer here I would be making loads of these. You should definitely make more.

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  25. Nailed it! Amazing fabric and the style is great on you!

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  26. Beautiful dress! I love the fabric and I'm excited to check out this pattern!

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  27. Gorgeous gorgeous!
    Love the fabric and the straps, I'm convinced to try this pattern now...

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