DIY Saltspring Camisole Hack

I’ve had this idea for a Saltspring camisole hack for a while now. When I like a pattern, I tend to imagine a million different versions and hacks. I love making the most of a pattern I love!

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I first made a tank top variation of the Saltspring dress a few years back. I loved this top, and wore it a lot. For this version, I decided to go for a more delicate look. I envisioned spaghetti straps, a simple facing (instead of lining), and an extra gathered panel at the hemline. You could easily do this hack without the gathered panel for a super simple camisole. I’m planning on making a few of those too.

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Here’s how I hacked the Saltspring dress to make this camisole!

  • I started off with a 1″ (2.5cm) FBA. I outlined this during the sew-along here. Instead of keeping a dart, I closed it and transferred the fullness to the hemline. I’m going for an a-line shape in this tank so this was perfect. If you aren’t doing a FBA, you can simply slash and spread the pattern in a pie shape.
  • To match the a-line shape of the front piece, I slash and spread the back by about an inch as well.
  • I eliminated the seam allowance at center back to cut it on fold.
  • I lengthened these pieces by 1″ (2.5cm) at the hemline.
  • I drafted two rectangular panels for the hemline. To do this, I measured the length of the hem, and then drafted rectangles that were 1.5X this measurement. Hem allowance was 1″ (2.5cm), and seam allowance 5/8″ (1.5cm) as usual.
  • I finished the neckline with 2.5″ (6.5cm) facings which I drafted by tracing the top edge of the tank pieces and then traced 2.5″ (6.5cm) from that edge.
  • I raised the front neckline by 1″ (1.5cm) – this was just a personal preference, I wanted a higher neckline.
  • Finally, instead of tie straps, I went for simple spaghetti straps. I used the same pattern piece and just cut two lengths instead of 4.

Here is what I ended up with:

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In terms of construction, it was pretty straightforward. Here’s the rundown:

  1. Stay stitch neckline of bodice and facing. (Start at the center front and sew towards side seams to prevent skewing.)
  2. Sew side seams, finish seam allowances, press side seams open. Sew from the bottom up to prevent skewing.
  3. Sew facing side seams, finish seam allowances and bottom facing edge, press seams open.
  4. Sew your straps.
  5. Do a quick try-on and pin straps at the length you like. Measure the length you pinned and mark/trim your straps to the correct length.
  6. Sew the neckline/straps as per the pattern instructions or the sew-along (1, 2)!
  7. Gathered panels: Sew side seams, finish seam allowances, press open.
  8. You can hem the panels now, it will be easier to handle.
  9. Sew two rows of stitches with a long stitch length, first 3/8″ (1cm) from the raw edge, then 1/2″ (1.3cm) from the raw edge. Gather the panels to fit your bodice hem.
  10. Attach panels, finish seam allowance. I also topstitched the seam allowance towards to top to keep everything in place.

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I am pretty in love with this camisole! The fit is spot on and it turned out exactly as I envisioned.

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Thoughts? Would you guys give this hack a try? If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments!

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16 Responses to DIY Saltspring Camisole Hack

  1. Janice Collins March 1, 2016 at 6:21 am #

    Beautiful, Caroline. Love the color. What is the fabric?. Looks a bit linen- like. I will copy you here😉

    • Caroline Amanda March 1, 2016 at 10:07 am #

      It’s a bleached tencel denim! (I didn’t bleach it myself, it came like that). It’s a really beautiful fabric. I used to sell it in my shop but I can’t get anymore unfortunately.

  2. Elle March 1, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    I LOVE this! So delicate and pretty. I love the clean look of a spaghetti strap. Recently I’ve become kind of obsessed with hacking patterns I already own instead of buying new ones… this is a perfect example!

    • Caroline Amanda March 1, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      Thanks Elle! Same here.

  3. crab&bee March 1, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    This turned out beautifully! Your stitching looks tidy and lovely, too.

    • Caroline Amanda March 1, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks Morgan!

  4. Lana March 1, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Would love to see what it looks like on! Super cute.

  5. Tara March 1, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    A camisole has been on my sewing to do list forever! When I saw yours, I gasped. Well done and I would love to see what it looks like on you!

  6. Helen March 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    Love this so much! great hack :) This could potentially be done with the new seamwork catarina dress too :)

  7. Karen March 2, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    I think this is really lovely, you have given me a reason to buy the pattern, which I love but didn’t feel it would look right on me. Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures too.

  8. My Handmade Space March 2, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Nice Saltspring Camisole! love the color, great for spring! thanks for the tips.

  9. Camilla March 7, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    Gorgeous top. I love the flounce, so pretty.

  10. vickie March 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I love this! This looks so pretty and feminine. I could wear it alone. It looks comfortable enough to wear to bed!

  11. casey June 23, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    How do I get the pattern?

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