Join us for the Saltspring Sew-Along!

We’re so excited to be able to do a sew-along for the Saltspring dress! I (Caroline) am really looking forward to hosting this sew-along and guiding you through the steps for sewing this lovely and flattering dress.

The Sew-Along will officially start on Monday August 12th. That’s soon!

Between now and then. I’ll go over fabric suggestions, and I’ll show you my first Saltspring dress, which ended up being a wearable muslin! Don’t you love it when that happens?

If everything goes according to schedule, we’ll be finished our dresses on Friday August 30th.  I’ll be walking you through all of the steps, with lots of pictures. I’ll also be available for support if you have any questions in the comments along the way. One of the best features of the dress is how the top layer of the bodice is longer than the bodice lining, which creates a really effortless blousing effect. This makes the back zipper seem tricky to attach. Don’t worry though; we actually use a really cool and surprisingly easy technique that I’m really looking forward to walking you though.

Here is the Sew-Along badge. Feel free to put it up on your site/blog whenever you’d like!


Right-click the image to save it to your computer. If you’d like to add a link to your badge, use this one to find all of the Saltspring Sew-Along posts quickly and easily!

Feel free to use any photos of the Saltspring dress in your blog posts. Just please be sure to link back to Sewaholic if you do.

Phew! I think I’ve covered everything! So who’s in? Let us know in the comments!

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45 Responses to Join us for the Saltspring Sew-Along!

  1. Lina July 29, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    I can’t wait!! Have just purchased my pattern today and I hope it will arrive to Australia on time…

    • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi Lina!

      You still have a couple of weeks, so I think it should be there on time! If not, you can always follow along once you do receive your pattern! We will be here for support :)

  2. jenny July 29, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Yay! I think I’ll jump in and join this one :)

  3. Susan July 29, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Ordered mine Friday. Cannot wait!

  4. Gerd July 29, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Oh, lucky me, I just purchased my pattern yesterday. I can´t wait!

  5. Nothy July 29, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Okay, I’d love to make the shorter version…I’m in…

    • Nothy July 29, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      I just bought mine and the Tofino pants too (i know we’re going to have pajama day at my school some time and I need a cool pair of pajama bottoms!). I hope you will go through a few variations of the straps. While I like them, I don’t wear thin straps!

      • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

        Thanks for the suggestion Nothy! I am going to put together a post with strap variations :)

  6. Amanda July 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I’m so excited!!! I have missed out on sewing ANYTHING at all this past month due to summer school, and I’m dying to get back to it!!! Plus, Sewaholic sew-alongs are the reason I started sewing in the first place – they are so thorough and with clear instructions, I’m excited to join along this time!!!

    I am so in love with this dress – it is the perfect summer into fall dress for West Texas weather!! (It will be warm-ish here until the end of November)… :) Also, it’s perfectly my style!!! Flowy but put together at the same time. I ordered my pattern last week – can’t wait to get started!!!

    • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Yay! I’m sure you’ll adore the Saltspring, it really is so great for warm weather!

  7. Carla July 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    I’m thinking I might just try this. My granddaughter called me the other night and asked if I would make her a summer dress. This would fit the bill!

  8. Elizabeth July 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Can’t wait to get started. I just picked up my pattern yesterday and some lovely drapey bamboo fabric to make the maxi.

    • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

      I bought some bamboo knit for a maxi version as well! It will be a fantastic combo. Excited to have you!

  9. Jacci July 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I am SO in! Getting ready to buy my pattern now :) It will be summer weather here in North Carolina for at least 2-3 more months.

  10. Tina C. July 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I pattern tested this pattern and I LOVE it! It’s so very perfect for the ridiculous heat that is Miami. I will probably participate in the sew along and make the maxi version…

  11. Marie L July 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    I am in and will be making it for my daughter Mary. I am sure that she will love it, I am just not sure if she wants a maxi or a short one.

  12. Miss Crayola Creepy July 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Hey Caroline, I’m in!

    • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

      Hi Erin! So excited to have you! :)

  13. Tricia A. July 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I’m in.

  14. NuJoi1908 July 30, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Can’t wait to get started! I have a question and a favor to ask. I want to make the maxi version, but my all challis us either 45 or 56 inches. Is there anyway to get the longer skirt from these lengths? Also, during the sew-along, will you please show us how to line the skirt too? Thanks!

    • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      Hello! 45″ wide won’t work for the maxi, but you could fit it in 56″. Just be sure to pick up a bit of extra fabric in case you need to rethink the cutting layout.
      I’m happy to put together something about lining the skirt!
      Looking forward to having you participate!

  15. Erma Kelso July 30, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    I really want to do this. I hope you will help with the material as to what kind and where we can buy it. Will order pattern today.

    • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      Hi Erma! You’re in luck, I’ve put together a post just focusing on fabric. Hope you decide to participate along :) Happy sewing!

  16. Nisha Williams July 30, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    I’m in! A little afraid. This is my first sewalong. :) I just sent an email this morning with a few questions. I’d like to order several patterns at once!

    So very excited!!

  17. Lisa July 30, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I have never participated in a Sew-A-Long so this will be my first! I have done very little sewing the last few years and am excited to get started on this. I like the version without blousing but will keep the zipper. Hoping to find a nice fabric that would look smart for work with a short sleeved cardigan or jacket – will be a great transition piece for late summer/early fall. Off to order my patterns (lusting over the Pendrell blouse too) and then Fabricland. How I wish we had more fabric selection in the Okanagan! Haven’t ventured into online fabric shopping yet…

    • Caroline Amanda July 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      Hi Lisa! I totally agree, it could be a great transition dress with a little cardigan or jacket. I think you’ll be really happy with the pattern! Looking forward to having you participate :)

  18. Corinne July 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I’m in!

  19. The Nerdy Seamstress July 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi Caroline! I’m in! I just bought the pattern today! I’m excited for my first sew along!

  20. Sonia July 31, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    Sounds like fun I’m in.

  21. Vairë Gwîr July 31, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    I had a vision this morning!

    How easy do you reckon it may be to transform the maxi dress into a jumpsuit? I’m thinking extra wide, floaty legs in a semi-sheer fabric. Ooooooh!!!

    • Caroline Amanda July 31, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      Hi Vaire! I love sewing visions! I don’t think it would be that easy to do this from scratch (pants can be tricky what with the crotch curves and such). Do you have a go-to pant pattern with an elasticized waist? If so, you might be able to combine patterns and try to frankenstein your way into a jumpsuit! Let us know if and how you make out!

      • Vairë Gwîr August 1, 2013 at 2:42 am #

        Thanks for the advice. I think I’ll leave it for when I am a bit more experienced then. Shame!

  22. patsijean July 31, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Thinking about joining the sew along. Could you discuss making the straps a bit wider, and how that could be handled, for those of us who wear a bra for any of a number of reasons? That is the only thing holding me back. An elasticized strap maybe?

    • Caroline Amanda July 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

      Hello! Yes I will be going through some alternative strap variations in the sew along. Thanks for your feedback! Hope you decide to participate :)

  23. Shawnta July 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I’m in!!! I just bought my pattern yesterday from a Etsy seller!

  24. Amanda August 1, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I’m in! I was going to start sewing my dress around then anyway, so it’s perfect timing! :) Already got my fabric ready to go! :)

  25. Hanna August 2, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    I’m in! This pattern is PERFECT for a drapey floral I’ve had in my stash for about three years. So excited!

  26. Michelle August 2, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Ok – I am doubling up on my challenges – Yikes. I’m in. Going to try making the dress in one of the colors from the Pantone Fashion Colors Fall 2013 for The Sew Weekly Reunion. Timing is perfect! Although I am going to be stuck in an RV for half of the time – so hopefully it all works out.

    I am new to garment sewing, so I need the extra sew-along help. Can’t wait.

  27. Dena August 2, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Hi All, I’m here to try this as well!!

  28. Sarah M. August 3, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    I’m in and I’m so excited! I haven’t sewn anything since high school, so it’s been about 20 years. I’m a self taught sewer and am sure I’ll be able to jump back in.

  29. Vera August 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    I would like to join y’all, the pattern is ordered and I bought a silk cotton blend fabric in a floral print (trying to get out of a rut) with a nice flowing feel to it. I have never done a sew a long and I have not made anything other than curtains and Halloween costumes for many years so………, I hope I can keep up! One question though, what is the badge for? (Technologically incompetent) and how do I use it?

    • Caroline Amanda August 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Hi Vera! We offer the badge in case you have a blog and want to display the badge in the sidebar (this is the edge of your blog pages where you would display links, photos, etc…). Thanks for participating!

  30. Kim August 26, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Yay! I’m in too! My pattern arrived on time and I’m ready to start working on the skirt.. Excited for the final result, I’m using a black silk..


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