Cambie and Saltspring Dresses: A Fresh Look

During the photo shoot for our upcoming summer patterns, we also took new photos of the Cambie Dress and Saltspring Dress. Just in time for summer dress weather!


The one above is my favourite of all, both the photo and the sample. It captures the vibe of the Saltspring dress perfectly; it’s exactly what I had in mind when designing the pattern. Isn’t our model Jennifer gorgeous?

One of our goals this year is to improve the photography for our older patterns. We’ve got quite the range of images in our shop right now, some that aren’t too bad and some self-timed tripod shots that I can’t wait to replace. Marissa’s choosing fabrics that show off the garment designs and look nice all together, so the shop looks better at a glance. (Things I didn’t consider when designing patterns one at a time!)

Here’s the Cambie Dress View A, in a cotton sateen print.

cambie dress

The gathered skirt option for the Cambie Dress is sewn in a striped cotton-linen blend, 55% linen, 45% cotton. I love the stripes!

cambie dress

Here’s the Saltspring Dress, in the shorter version. We used a lightweight jersey knit for this one and it looks cool and comfortable.

saltspring dress

The longer version is a viscose poplin with beautiful drape.

saltspring dress

All of our fabrics are from Telio, a Canadian wholesaler, who’s offered to help blog readers find fabrics in a store near you if you contact them! I’ve also seen the cotton sateen and viscose poplin for sale at our local store Fabricana, and the linen stripe at Blackbird Fabrics online.

cambie dress

For reference, Jennifer measures a size 8 on our size chart, is wearing a size 8 in all samples and is 5’10” tall.


I’m excited to have better photos on our webstore. We’re slowly improving the look of the online shop and eventually, all of the photos will be taken professionally on a variety of models. Slow, constant improvement, which goes back to my goals for 2015. Now that we have high-quality images we can use them for bigger things like promotional cards and posters, catalogues and lookbooks: places where it’s really important to have professional photographs.

We even took a few photos of the Cambie Dress with a petticoat! Because the only thing more fun that a full skirted dress is one with a petticoat underneath.


See all the new photos of the Cambie Dress here, and the Saltspring Dress here!

With every photo shoot for new patterns, we’ll add in a few older styles as well. It’s exciting to see old favourites and best-selling pattern designs in a fresh new way!

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50 Responses to Cambie and Saltspring Dresses: A Fresh Look

  1. char June 19, 2015 at 6:13 am #

    I really love these photos. I’ve only made one Cambie dress so far (the shame!) but I really do plan to make some more.

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 9:59 am #

      Thank you! Bet it’ll be easier to sew the second time around!

  2. Sigrid June 19, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Wow, Jennifer is absolutely gorgeous and those are brilliant fabric choices for the outfits! These photos are amazing.

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      She’s great eh? I really enjoyed working with her. She wears the dresses so well!

  3. Virginia June 19, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    Beautiful dresses and Model! You go sewaholic patterns!

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Thank you! :)

  4. Jennifer June 19, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    I absolutely love that cotton/linen fabric used for the cambie – all the new photos look fab!

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks! It’s a popular one this summer, I’ve already seen it on a few other sewing blogs. Comes in a tan/cream version too!

  5. Renee June 19, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    Very professional and sharp looking.

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Thank you!

  6. Mandykatt June 19, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    The new photos are superb! I am in love with that linen stripe. I really like your model choices, I don’t usually get to see a model taller than I am as 5’7″ appears to be the height limit. But she’s even wearing tall shoes, you rock that height Jennifer!

    I purged my closet of all my old dresses this morning. You’ve motivated me to get moving on replacing them starting with the Cambie dress I’ve had planned for the last year.

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks Mandy! I think most models are tall, but you don’t always get to know their actual height. Since sewing people are more particular than your average clothing shopper I thought I’d mention it.
      Good luck with your Cambie dress project! Lots of tips on our blog if you need them:

      • Mandykatt June 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

        Thanks Tasia,

        I should have mentioned that I came across the 5’4″ – 5’7″ height range while looking at casting calls for models a couple years ago. (The things we search for online when we can’t sleep…) I had assumed that taller would be more desirable, but the ads I found all capped out at 5’7″. Perhaps it the body image fashion at the time?

  7. Bianca J June 19, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Love these looks…perfect fabric choices!

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you! Marissa chose well :)

  8. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 19, 2015 at 9:12 am #

    The updated photos are fantastic…they’re current without being too trendy.

    Quick question please. I love how the gathers fall on the Cambie dress. They almost look like pleats. Is that a result of pressing, or did you sew the gathers in a specific manner to almost replicate a pleat?

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks Sue! I’m glad you like them, it’s nice to have a fresher look to these two patterns.

      On the striped Cambie dress, it’s likely the nature of the fabric. Linen is crisper and therefore when it’s gathered, the folds are more rounded and full. Same technique, different effect! (We have to sew the samples exactly according to the pattern for the photo shoots, otherwise people would buy the pattern and be sad that it didn’t look the same as the picture.) To get the same effect, look for a fabric with linen in it!

  9. New Ribena June 19, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    That linen stripe can be found on Just do a search for Pisa Stripe Linen. It really is a lovely fabric.

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks for the heads-up!

  10. Cecilia June 19, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Beautiful dresses. I wouldn’t be able to choose one of them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:04 am #

      I know right? It’s hard to choose a favourite, they all turned out so pretty. And thank you!

  11. lisa g June 19, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    These look great! And now I’m reminded how much I wanted to make a maxi version of the saltspring… Love that pattern!

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      It would be lovely on you! I love the silk Saltspring camisole you made. What a great idea for layering under jackets!

  12. true bias June 19, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    the saltspring in that print is so dreamy!

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks! It’s really striking isn’t it?

  13. Andrea Cosens June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I’m currently working on the saltspring dress! I love having the blog that goes along with it for extra instructions! I’ve altered the straps in mine. I’m making it for a special occasion at the end of July but don’t think I’ll make it that long without wearing it!

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      Nice! I’m so glad the extra tutorials are helpful.

  14. Naia June 19, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    The photos, the dresses, and the model are beautiful. I love bold prints as much as anyone, however, I dislike when designers use them in sample photos. It is very difficult to see the specific design features of the dresses because the details are lost in the loud, busy prints. You even mentioned this in your last blog post about the Burda #122 dress; the photos didn’t show the interesting stitching because of the floral print. I think the striped Cambie sample looks great, you can see the gathers and what is where but you cannot tell what is going on with the black and white print without squinting.

    I love your patterns, please keep up the great work!

    • Tasia June 19, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      It’s a good point, which is why we chose the stripe for the alternate view of the Cambie. We’ve also included line drawings in the gallery of images for a closer look at the style lines. It’s a balance between choosing an interesting fabric that will attract attention and something someone might want to use for their own project, and also one that will show off the design details.
      We’ll continue to take both into consideration as we develop more patterns!

  15. Nikki June 19, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Suddenly I can’t wait to buy the pattern and make a Saltspring dress! Great job, these are all beautiful :)

  16. Elana June 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Beautiful dresses! I’m so inspired to sew one. I especially love the stripped Cambie. Stunning.

  17. Carol G June 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    All lovely! You mentioned some of the fabrics, but would that blue floral used in the shorter Saltspring dress be available at Fabricana?

  18. Jessica June 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    I just bought that blue stripe linen blend with a Saltspring in mind! It’s really a gorgeous fabric. Love the new dresses and photography!

  19. Canal Couture June 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Bravo! You did such a great job!
    I love the updated aesthetics!

  20. Leah June 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Has anyone tried the Cambie with a stretch knit fabric? I’d like to know if that’s a possibility!!!

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      I haven’t seen a knit Cambie as far as I can recall – we’ve started a pin board of finished Cambie Dresses here if you wanted to browse other people’s projects!

      I wouldn’t recommend it, it would be rather heavy and wouldn’t hold its shape well. It’s fully lined so you’d have a double layer of knit fabric. The waistband is interfaced so you’d lose the benefits of having a stretch fabric there. Overall, not a good fabric choice for that pattern.

  21. Juliet June 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    I love both dresses. My favourite photo/style and fabric is definitely the long Saltspring dress. Gorgeous! Makes me want to make one exactly like it.

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      Me too! That’s my favourite of them all. And thank you!

  22. Lauren June 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    Lovely pictures! They really look so professional and stylish. Nice work!

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Thank you!

  23. Louise June 19, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    Wow those photos look amazing! Loving the cotton sateen Cambie. Thanks for the heads up on Telio. I’ve just moved to Calgary from the UK and have no idea where to buy fabric…. And I have a new resolution to spend a bit more on better quality fabric (hence accidentally buying 2m of Liberty lawn before I left Blighty!!)

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Welcome to Canada! Telio is a wholesaler but they do supply many local fabric stores, so it should be easy to find somewhere to buy from.

  24. Birgitte June 20, 2015 at 6:47 am #

    Great photos! I’ve been following the blog and the company before it was even a company – I mean, before Sewaholic the pattern company came into being! It was been such an inspiration and joyful thing to watch the company grow, and you are modeling exactly what you mentioned, “slow and constant improvement”, by adding on a couple of older styles for each photoshoot. I applaud you!

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      Thanks Birgitte, that’s such a nice thing to say! It’s so cool to hear from longtime readers who remember when this was just a personal sewing blog. I appreciate the comment and the kind words!

  25. Levone June 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    These updated photos are beautiful and honestly make me want to purchase the patterns! I love the prints, especially the black/white cambie dress. Great idea to show different fabrics, I don’t mind busy fabrics as I always refer to the line drawings as well. Anyhow, great job!

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks! That’s excellent to hear. Thanks for the feedback on the prints and fabrics! I also always look at line drawings for patterns, I like to see where the zippers are and what the seamlines look like.

  26. Marije August 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I am thinking of buying the Cambie pattern, but it’s too small for me. Since your newest patterns go up to size 20, I was wondering if you plan on extending the size range for the Cambie dress as well?


    • Tasia August 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Marije! I’m glad you like the Cambie Dress pattern. At the moment we have plenty of stock that’s printed with sizes 0-16. So if you were to order the Cambie, it’ll come only in sizes 0-16. If we reprint then we’ll revisit the pattern at that time! It’s more likely that we’ll add new patterns that include 0-20, than re-do older designs, but it is still a possibility.

  27. Beata January 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Bit late on the bandwagon but I just finished up my first Saltspring dress on the weekend and I LOVE it! Blogged here:

  28. Elvinta April 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Hai Tasia,

    how can I shorten the Cambie skirt? Are there any tutorials? I see no shorten-or-lenghten here-line (view A) on the printed pattern.