Blue Ikat Saltspring Dress

This dress turned out pretty much exactly how I planned it. I love it when that happens! I’m so happy that midi length dresses and skirts are in style right now. I love them. I thought this length could work great for the breezy style of a summer dress, so I decided to give it a go.

ikat-1This is our Saltspring dress pattern. I started with view A (above knee length), and lengthened it by at least 10-12 inches. I drafted thicker straps just like my Saltspring top. I cover lots of strap options for the Saltspring dress in this sew-along post from last summer.

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When I tried the dress on, all sewn up but un-hemmed, I had some doubts about the length. I turned to instagram for advice, and ultimately decided to keep most of the length and just sew a nice wide hem.

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Pockets! When I am faced with the question: ‘pockets or no pockets?’ I almost always go for pockets. I don’t stash that much in dress pockets, but it’s really nice to have a place to put my phone and debit card if I’m on the go. With the loose shape of this skirt, it doesn’t even show if my pockets have a few things in them. You can’t even tell that they’re there unless I have my hands in them.

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Oh yes, and the slit! In my summer sewing plans post, I mentioned I loved the look of midis but I wasn’t sure if the length would look frumpy on me. Catherine G commented that a sexy slit could help me to avoid the frumpy. Genius! Thanks so much for the idea Catherine.

It was pretty simple to add the slit. I decided where I wanted it to begin, and then stopped sewing my side seam there. I pressed the seam allowance open along the opening. Then I sewed around the opening to hold the seam allowance in place, about 1/4″ from the folded edge.

Since the skirt is quite roomy the slit doesn’t really show if I’m just standing still. But when I move or walk around it kind of flutters open. I think it’s really lovely.

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The fabric is a blue ikat viscose from Télio (check out their blog here!). Télio is a fabric wholesaler open to the trade only, but if you contact them through their website they may be able to hook you up with a fabric retailer near you that carries their gorgeous fabrics.

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I’m sure I bought this fabric with another project in mind, except I honestly don’t remember what that was! I was a bit tight on yardage but I really wanted to use it for this dress. Does that happen to you guys? Is there a fabric hoarders anonymous group I can join or something? Just kidding. But it honestly happens to me all the time! Plans change, I suppose.

I tried to match the print as best I could along the side seams with the limited yardage I had, and my matching turned out pretty well. I would have liked to try to place the print differently, perhaps the lighter strip of the print somewhere else so there is not so much emphasis in the hip area. But honestly it doesn’t bother me very much.

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I really do like the lines of this dress. I like that the top half shows my shoulders and arms, and the bottom half is modest and easy to wear, with a little surprise slit. It keeps me cool yet I don’t feel like I’m bearing it all. I think this dress really embodies my style. It’s easy to wear, not too fussy, and a little bit bohemian.

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Oh and just in case you are interested in sewing up the Saltspring dress sometime, you can have a look at all of the Saltspring sew-along posts here!

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33 Responses to Blue Ikat Saltspring Dress

  1. Emma July 23, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Girl, you are on fire lately! Another lovely creation. Can I come raid your closet?

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Thank you so much! Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could raid each other’s closets? I always see fantastic makes online/on instagram that I would just love to steal.

  2. Melissa July 23, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Love the length and the slit! I just made a Saltspring for myself and it is so easy to wear! I can’t wait to make another.

  3. Kelly July 23, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I just thought about cutting out a saltspring last night! Yours looks great!

  4. TÉLIO Textures July 23, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    Wow! We love it! That fabric works perfectly for the dress. Nice job!

  5. Aura Oriano July 23, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Missed the Saltspring train last summer but recently referred to your Sewalong posts. My first version had side slits, mainly because I ran out of bobbin thread 8 inches from the bottom. Since mine is a knit, I didn’t finish either side slits. Thanks for the instructions on yours!

    I’ve made three knit versions now. Some without elastic waists, some without bodice lining, some with elastic but maxi. I love how versatile this pattern is! There’s a blogger who hacked a long sleeve version based on the Renfrew but kept the Saltspring skirt. I might try that next because our summer just suddenly turned cold and rainy!

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

      I saw that long sleeve Renfrew/Saltspring hack! I would love to try it sometime too as it looked amaaaaazing and oh so comfy.
      How did you do it without the elastic waist? Just left it as a loose flowy dress without the waist cinching? Did you make the dress one piece (so no seam at the waist?). I am intrigued. I can totally imagine that being super cute.
      Glad you like the pattern so much! :)

  6. Amanda July 23, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Oh i love this on you – the colour, drape, length are all so perfect – you look gorgeous! :)

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

      Thank you Amanda!
      P.S. I loved meeting you at the book launch! Hope to meet again sometime!

  7. crab&bee July 23, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    I like the wider straps and length as well as your side split! So cool.

  8. Danielle July 23, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Beautiful dress! It looks so easy + breezy for summer, too :)

  9. Katherine July 23, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Omg – that fabric is amazing!!!!

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

      I knooooow! So good. Thanks :-)

  10. Elizabeth July 23, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Beautiful!

  11. Catherine July 23, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    That dress is just gorgeous on you — and the fabric, so lovely!

    Midis are such a good length that I don’t tend to worry about whether they’re in style at the moment — they always come back. And really, people are always wearing them, just in greater or lesser quantities. Anyway, it suits you very well.

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      Yes! I hope so! I really love them and I think they can be so classic.
      Thank you :)

  12. Hélène July 23, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Love the pairing fabric/style. You look wonderful. I wish I could find such a nice print in my local store!

  13. Janet July 23, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    I think the midi length looks great. Thank you for showing this make. I love the fabric too!

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      No problem! Glad you like it :)

  14. Elena July 23, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    You have such a great eye for pattern modification – each element is subtle but they all work together so well. What a gorgeous dress!

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

      You’re so kind! Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy my posts :)

  15. Tina Spear July 23, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    I was wanting to make the dress with wider straps also. I went back & looked at the post where you showed how you made the wider straps on the black top, but did you have to alter the bodice in any way where the straps would be sewn on?

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      No I left the bodice the same. The entire top edge (neckline/underarm) is sewn in one go, and you sew across the straps as they are enclosed between the lining/shell layers. So I just sew across as I would the usual strap, except sew across a little lower down to accommodate the strap width. If you aren’t sure what length strap you want to do, I would recommend basting stitches for the step of sewing across the strap, and then check the strap length on, and then adjust if needed and sew over again with a regular stitch.

      • Tina Spear July 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

        Thanks for your help, Caroline, I’ll do that.

  16. meganleiann July 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I really love it! You have such good taste! That fabric is stunning.

    • Caroline Amanda July 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

      Thank youuuuu!

  17. scuffsan July 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    I’m loving the length and the slit! Such a great version. I’m really wanting a saltspring of my own now :)

  18. LChantler July 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    You look lovely!

  19. Ginger July 24, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    This is really, really lovely! Awesome job!

  20. amy July 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I love the length and slit! You are on a roll :)

  21. Amy August 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    This looks lovely! Love the fabric and super sexy slit!

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