My Sew-Along Saltspring Dress!

I’m super excited to show everyone these photos I took of my finished dress from the Saltspring Sew-Along.

caroline's finished saltspring dress

I spent so much time sewing, photographing, and writing about, and staring at this version, I was afraid I’d be a tiny bit ‘over it’ before I was even able to wear it! But the moment I put the finished version on, I was in love.

caroline's finished saltspring dress

These photos were taken on the rooftop of our apartment building. We just moved into a new place, and I wont lie, this rooftop is definitely going to be one of my favorite spots! There is some lens flare in these photos, but I actually don’t mind. It kind of gives these photos a cool ethereal feeling (totally unintentional!).

caroline's finished saltspring dress

Until I began working at Télio four years ago, I was totally not a print person! In college, I wore jeans and black or grey all the time. My style has really evolved over the past years, and I’ve slowly developed a love for color and prints. This dress would have been so out of my comfort zone a few years ago, but I honestly love it! The print is bold and colorful and it really makes me smile.

caroline's finished saltspring dress

We had some questions about the lining fabric showing in the opening when you look at the back of the dress. You can see here that it really barely shows! Since our top bodice layer is tacked down, it guides the fabric and helps it to fall flat and not float around. You could probably catch a little peek of the lining if you are up close, but hardly enough to be concerned about.

caroline's finished saltspring dress

I think that next time I make a short version of this dress, I will add a bit of length. I am 5’8”, and Sewaholic patterns are designed for around a 5’4” height. So this dress is probably a bit shorter on me than it was designed to be. I still like it, but a longer more modest knee length would be a nice variation as well.

caroline's finished saltspring dress


  • Fabric is a lovely viscose satin from Télio. (by the way, Télio also has a blog that I contribute to!)
  • Sandals are from The Bay.
  • My necklace is a vintage piece I picked up at a flea market in Quebec years ago.

Thanks for letting me share! We have lots of lovely Saltspring dress links and photos coming in, I can’t wait to share more of your versions on the blog soon.

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14 Responses to My Sew-Along Saltspring Dress!

  1. Nisha Williams September 4, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    I love it! I’m hemming my version this evening. :) I think the shortness makes it a little sexy! You look fabulous!

  2. youseef September 4, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    So nice dress..i like the look so have done a great job

  3. Amy September 4, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    It looks wonderful Caroline! You must be super pleased with how it’s turned out :) This is definitely going on my ‘to make’ list for next summer.

    I wish that we had a store like Telio in the UK; they have some really lovely and unusual fabric and I haven’t seen anything like it here!

  4. Susan - aka Knitters Delight September 4, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    The length is perfect for the fabric you chose. This is an amazing version of this dress!

  5. nothy September 4, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I love the fabrics from Telio, I live in Ontario, and I can’t find them here. Having said that, I love your version of the dress. I’ve made two versions – one is really a departure and the second follows the pattern a lot more (except the sleeves).

  6. Pamela @ Johnny Mango Seed September 4, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I grew up in India, so I am smitten with your fabric choice! So glad you found inspiration to stray from black and gray. A little length would be nice too. Enjoy!

  7. Carley September 4, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    The dress is beautiful Caroline!! It looks lovely! I love the backdrop of Kits and out towards UBC! I’m a Vancouver girl too!

  8. Jo September 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    It’s really lovely. You look great in a print so I’m glad you’ve branched out! I wouldn’t mind making this dress but I have a few Renfrews in mind first haha. And I’ve already made like 4! Haha! Go Sewaholic! :D

  9. Shannon September 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I love the finished dress! I’m afraid I had too much on the go when you did the sew-along to participate, but I am a huge fan of Sewaholic patterns and will probably make one of these in the future!

    The print, by the way, is fabulous! I absolutely love all the Télio fabrics I see used on this blog.

  10. Karrie Smith September 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    I think the print is really pretty and the dress looks beautiful on you!

  11. Amy September 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I love the bright colors, too! I’m glad you’ve ventured beyond black and gray and blue. You look lovely in such a bright and bold dress!

  12. Sylvie September 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Absolutely love the print! I’ve been drooling over the fabric during the whole sew along! :)

  13. Ginger September 8, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I absolutely love this! It’s a gorgeous dress!

  14. Maymunah February 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Hi love your dress and the fabric choice how can I buy Telio fabric?