A Fall Floral Saltspring + Fabric Discount!

Another Saltspring dress! I can’t get enough of this pattern. In Vancouver, summer has come and gone and we’re now stuck with the fall season whether we like it or not (I like it).  But I’ve noticed that most of my dresses are pretty summery. I really wanted to see if I could integrate a version of this dress into my fall wardrobe.


When Michael Levine & Low Price Fabric offered us some fabric yardage, I knew I needed to jump on this opportunity to make myself another Saltspring. Plus, I love Michael Levine’s fabrics!


The fabric is this a rayon challis print. It’s a great weight and has a perfect drape for this dress. I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards a print with red and black in it, but there are some lovely dark pink tones and it really ties in with all of the black and brown leather I tend to have in my wardrobe.


I made a few modifications to the dress this round. I lengthened the skirt by about 4 inches. This is mostly because I wanted to see how it looked in an above knee length. I like the way it turned out!

I used thicker straps, because I think they are more appropriate for the fall season and for layering.

I omitted the back zipper in this version. Depending on the fabric, the back zip is not always necessary. I wanted to see if I could get away with it with a woven fabric like this, and it works fine! I will admit, omitting the zipper made the whole process much quicker.

Finally, I added a lining to the skirt; since the zipper was omitted, this was really easy. I just cut another skirt front and back out of black viscose batiste, shortened these pieces at the hem by an inch, and attached the skirt and lining at the waist before I sewed the skirt to the bodice. Then I made a casing for the elastic through all the layers.


I think this dress is really cute with tights, and could totally look great with a cardigan, or short jean jacket and a scarf. There are tons of styling options that can make this dress work for fall.


Pockets! I love having pockets in my dress, don’t you? I’m also really happy with the lengthened and lined skirt. This was such an easy mod and really made this dress more fall weather appropriate.


On a different subject, do you guys like my hat? I was never a big hat wearer (I have a big head!), but I really adore this one. I find hats inconvenient when I need to take them off and carry them through parts of my day. I can only really wear a hat when I know it can stay on my head for the entire outing.

Do you ever accessorize looks to “share online” differently from how you would wear something in real life? I do sometimes! I will admit, I love this hat but I don’t wear it out often. I think I love the idea of it more than the convenience.


So that’s my new Saltspring dress! I’m so glad I tried making a fall version, I can really see myself wearing this again and again.

And great news! Michael Levine & Low Price Fabric is offering Sewaholic readers 10% off at checkout with the discount code SP10. This offer applies to orders from anywhere in the world and can be used until November 30th. Click here to visit their online shop and if you are from outside the continental USA, click here to order using the special order form. Time to go shopping, yay!

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20 Responses to A Fall Floral Saltspring + Fabric Discount!

  1. linda October 23, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    You are adorable with or without a hat. I could so see your dress with a short denim jacket, too… Perfect for fall. Great job :-)

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      Thank you Linda! I totally need a denim jacket in my wardrobe. It’s on my wishlist!

  2. Ms. SpoolTeacher October 23, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Well you look adorable but something on your shoulders would have kept the chill off the readers, ha! Tights always a great accessory and especially as weather cools. Ms. SpoolTeacher doesn’t wear hats for opposite of you, she has a “skinny face” (often told to her as if she doesn’t know) that headgear doesn’t compliment. She does wear a knitted cap to bed to keep heat from leaving her head and to keep ears warm in her freezing, going off the grid home. She’d love to wear hats though and would be willing to carry it around just to look cool for having one if she didn’t have that skinny face.

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

      Thanks! It was a bit chilly for sure. :)

  3. Kelly October 23, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Very cute! It’s a great dress for fall. I love seeing how patterns designed for one season can be transformed by different fabrics and colors.

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Me too! I always feel great knowing a pattern can do double duty for several seasons.

  4. Leigh in Oregon October 23, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Very cute! And the hat is great too. However I am freezing just looking at the pic. LOL I gotta have sleeves AND a cardi the second the leaves turn.

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Yes I was a bit chilly for the photos! I would totally throw on a jacket or cardigan if I wasn’t taking photos :)

  5. F. K. October 23, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I like the hat but I have to say I love the dress so much more! It’s lovely. :) And thank you for the fabric sale info. ;P

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Thanks so much! And thank you to Michael Levine for the discount :)

  6. Katie October 23, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Love the dress, Caroline (and the hat, too)! As for Michael Levine Fabrics, was the shipping decent to Canada? I hope so!

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Hi Katie! We were so lucky that Michael Levine offered to send us this fabric, so I’m not sure how much shipping is! I have heard it is very reasonable though and they are super quick to respond. You can fill out a form here to get a shipping quote: http://lowpricefabric.com/t-specialorders.aspx

  7. Shannon October 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Love it! Perfect for fall. I also love the hat! I actually have one that’s very similar but I don’t wear it very often for the same reasons. Most of the hats I wear are ones that I can take off and fit in my purse, and felted fedoras don’t work so well for that!

    By the way, how are you not freezing? I live near Vancouver and I’ve started wearing wool sweaters and boots pretty much non-stop (not to mention I can’t bring myself to go outside without my wool coat)!

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      Oh yeah totally. I live in tuques in the winter because they are easy to throw into my purse. Felted hats however are tougher to tote around! These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago but it WAS a bit cold. I didn’t want to cover up the dress with a cardigan or jacket… just for the photos!

  8. Derenda October 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I love this version of the dress. It will be easier to layer long or short sleeves and it will still look amazing.

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Thanks so much! Yes I thought it would be fun to even style it with a long sleeve top underneath. So many options!

  9. Jennifer Shaw October 24, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    This is adorable and looks marvelous on you!! I love the print of the fabric too.

    • Caroline Amanda October 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer!

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  11. Sandy October 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    The fabric print is outstanding. Love it.