Pattern Testing: The Saltspring Dress

2 Aug

I looove pattern testing, but what I don’t love is the part where I have to keep my mouth shut about my project until the pattern becomes officially available to the rest of the world.

Well, Tasia just released the Saltspring Dress, so I guess I can talk now! YAY!!!

Saltspring Dress

Here’s another pattern that is quite a bit outside my ~personal style comfort zone~ – that blousey look is not something I normally go for – but I actually like it a lot, surprisingly! It’s very comfortable and cool for summer, while still managing to look pulled-together (or, eh, as pulled-together as one can look in FLORAL ANIMAL PRINT lolz).

Saltspring Dress

This is view A, size 2. I didn’t make any significant changes to the pattern – since I was testing it, I wanted to try it straight out of the envelope. I’m happy to say everything came out great, with no alterations, although I should probably trim down those tie straps a little 🙂

Saltspring Dress

The construction of this dress is very interesting, and Sewaholic’s pattern design chops really shine here. There are actually two layers to this dress- an smooth, semi-fitted underlayer, and the top blousey layer. The underlayer is shorter than the top layer, so that it “blouses” itself without needing to be tucked in. It’s kind of genius! There is elastic at the waistband, so this is the perfect dress to wear while eating a big meal 😉

Saltspring Dress

I’m wearing a belt with this dress because I personally don’t like the look of exposed elastic casing, but it’s not needed to get the bloused look. The dress does that by itself!

Saltspring Dress

Isn’t this fabric so fun? I’ve actually had this in my stash for a few years… Morgan’s grandmother gave it to me after a giant destashing effort on her part. I’m not completely sure of the content – based on a burn test, I believe it is rayon, but it also has a weird crinkly texture and a slight stretch – but what I can say is that woman has some FINE taste in fabric, so I’m fairly certain this is some nice stuff. It sure feels nice, anyway!

In retrospect, I don’t know if this fabric was truly my best choice, because it doesn’t drape as well as it needs to. The top of the dress doesn’t exactly look structured, but it’s not as flowy and drapey as it needs to be. But, you know, I think the print actually makes up for it a bit 🙂 Hard to be mad at the world when you’re wearing this kind of awesome island tiki type shit, yeah? 🙂

Saltspring Dress

The only “drawback” (if you can even call it that) to this pattern is that it does not look flattering AT ALL until you actually put in the zipper and the elastic. I don’t know how many of y’all try stuff on as you sew it (I do – constantly – which is why I mostly sew in my underwear 😉 haha), but I just thought I would point that out. Obviously it works out in the end, but I was a little terrified for a minute there 🙂

Saltspring Dress

Anyway, this is a great pattern – very easy to make up (perfect for beginners!), comfortable to wear in the summer, and I think you can really try a lot of different options with the design. Personally, I’d love to try this up without the overblouse, just a slim-fitting, spaghetti strap top with a flared skirt. Ah, that sounds so perfect right now!

Want a copy of your own? You can buy the Saltspring here!


37 Responses to “Pattern Testing: The Saltspring Dress”

  1. Kristin Saunders August 2, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who sews in my underwear…’s just too hard to put on and take off repeatedly. I also think that is why my neighbors behind me keep their curtains closed 24 hrs a day now. I love the dress and your fabric, but it would not be good on my Ruebenesque figure!

  2. twirldesigns August 2, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I was wondering if I was the only one who did that! It takes too much time to pull everything off to do a quick try on. I love the fabric!

  3. Clipped Curves August 2, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    A girl can never have enough dresses that can be worn to 3 course dinners!!!

  4. The Nerdy Seamstress August 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I was hesitant on buying this pattern because of the blouse effect and being busty. Seeing you in your dress, it works! I can’t wait to make it now! 🙂

  5. jen August 2, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    love it! I totally skipped over that pattern as meh – but seeing your version… I might have to take a second look!

  6. Nicole August 2, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Supreme work. Super flattering. Rad floral/animal bombshell combo.

  7. Blue Sunday August 2, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I just ordered this pattern from Sewaholic to participate in the sewalong. So happy to read the comment that this is perfect for beginners. I love the idea of the fabric you’ve selected. I am looking at a pretty cool graphic print, and I’m glad to see your success.

  8. Kim August 2, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I’m very tempted to buy this pattern, sering your version definitely makes it even more appealing! I really love the fabric as well!

  9. Fabric Godmother August 2, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I love your version of the Saltspring the fabrics look amazing! I love the fact it has pockets as ell, everything should have pockets they rock!

  10. katie August 2, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I love this pattern! The bloused effect is so clever, and flattering. Thanks for sharing your version!

  11. Nat @ Made in Home August 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I just bought my pattern and the fabric! Cannot wait to get started on it! All try to remember what you said when I try it on.

  12. Houseofpinheiro August 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    There is no pattern that you cannot make. All look great.oh I finally traced the sew bossy pattern off eBay. Fingers cross it will soon arrive at your house

  13. mommylap August 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I’m so glad you were a pattern tester, because even though you’re much smaller than me, I can always use you as an example of proportional fit, because you’re hourglassy. Now I see it on you, I can be fairly confident it’s a decent match for me as well. Holla!

    • Lucy August 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Me too! I loved it on Tasia, but wasn’t sure about it for me. I think it’ll be worth a try, though – I fancy the idea of a maxi dress that I can have a big dinner in, but they’re so often empire line and I always feel like people are giving me the sideways ‘is-she-or-isn’t-she’ glance. (She isn’t, by the way!)

  14. June August 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Flower placement? Deliberate? 🙂

    Agree that this is a bit of a style departure for you, but it’s not a bad one! I think it’s good to get out of our comfort zones.

  15. lisa g August 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    love the fabric–great dress! i have my pattern and fabric for this one… can’t wait to get started!

  16. Sandra (Sewist-Stitch) August 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Your fabric rox! I wasn’t struck by this pattern as it isn’t my style, but with the top being fitted I think it would be great easy summer dress.

  17. Sarah W. August 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Fits really nicely, I think!

  18. Cherie August 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Great job, I like the out-of-the-box style on you a lot. Of course, the fabric rocks! I wonder how I could make it with bra-friendly straps, hmmm.

  19. ShanniLoves August 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Yes that fabric is pretty awesome! I wasn’t really a big fan of this dress until I seen your version. I like it!! And yes I sew in my underwear too. It’s just so much easier and efficient!

  20. Tina C. August 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    I patterned tested this as well. I’m big boobed and short waisted… A fatal combo for this dress. The result of combining the blousyness of the dress combined with my body type results in what looks like a dowdy uniboob that goes from chest to waist. The straps don’t offer much support or hide bra straps either. HOWEVER… The pattern is well drafted and easily manipulated. So much so that I am making a second version minus the blousy top and with wider straps. I do recommend the pattern with modifications.

    • Anonymous August 3, 2013 at 5:06 am #

      Do you have a blog? I am on the short waisted big boobies too snd eould be interested to see how it works out with you mods.

  21. gingermakes August 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Cute! I looooooove the print– what an awesome score!

  22. Cirque Du Bebe August 3, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    A freakin cool choice in fabric there. I love this so so much. I wasn’t sure what to think of Salt Spring but you’ve sold me. Now to find something equally amazing and drapey….

  23. Kirsty August 3, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Waaaaa !! I love your fabric choice !! And you look just too cute 🙂

  24. Bec August 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    I think it really suits you, looks gorgeous in the print too 🙂

  25. Kelly August 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    This dress is beautiful on you! I think the fabric looks good too, it looks drapey enough in photos!

  26. Gjeometry August 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Thanks for the review, i was curious as to what people thought about this dress. It is cute, but not a fan of the tie straps. You can’t wear a sweater on top without having big lumps on your shoulders. Love your fabric!!

  27. amynxdx August 5, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    So super cute!

    -Amy (

  28. Stephanie @mabelmakes August 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    This pattern is really cute for summer and your fabric choice is great. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to wear it much in Ireland. Perhaps I could put it together for summer holidays 🙂

  29. Tiffany August 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    that looks like a great pattern. It looks very easy to sew up. and I really like the fit on you.

  30. missjoiedevivre August 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    When I first saw the patten I was a lot “meh” about it but now that I’ve seen it more and more I can see the appeal. It looks gorgeous on you. I’m still not sold it’d suit my figure but I can see the beauty in it now. I love your floral animal print too!


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