Saltspring Dress: Caroline’s First Saltspring!

My first Saltspring Dress was a wearable muslin. Because of the flow shape of the dress, I went into it hoping I wouldn’t have to make many adjustments, and in the end, it was pretty much spot on!


I chose a fabric I had in my stash. It’s a bright orangy-red viscose batiste from Télio, which is basically a rayon challis, but a teeny bit lighter weight. This fabric is fluid, soft, and very dreamy.


You might also notice that my straps tie in the front! I wanted to play around with strap options for you guys. What I did with this one is a loop in the front, and two straps on each side coming from the back. I will give you a little how-to when we cover straps in the sew-along.


The skirt portion ended up being too light and see-through without a lining. I thought I could just wear a slip, but in the end I decided to add a lining to the skirt. This was really simple, and I did it at the end, so it’s a good back-up plan if you decide you need to add a lining after your dress is all sewn up. I’m going to walk you through some skirt lining options, including this one, when we cover the skirt construction in the sew-along.


My only complaint about this dress is that it wrinkles like crazy! I’ve sewn with this fabric before and I knew what I was getting myself into, but I didn’t really care, because I thought this color and drape would be oh-so-perfect for the Saltspring.


Thanks for letting me share. Just a reminder that the Saltspring Sew-Along begins on Monday! I’m really looking forward to getting started!

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18 Responses to Saltspring Dress: Caroline’s First Saltspring!

  1. Corinne August 9, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Looks great, Caroline! I like how you did the front ties – very cute. I’m really looking forward to the sew-along! I think I’m going for the maxi version since I don’t have a maxi dress in my closet yet. Do you think a bamboo knit (without any spandex) would work for the maxi? or would it be better to use it for the shorter version?

    • Caroline Amanda August 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

      Hi Corinne! Bamboo knit sounds perfect for the maxi, I think it will look great! Since the pattern is designed with woven fabrics in mind, the lack of spandex in the knit shouldn’t matter. :) all the best!

  2. lisa g. August 9, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    love how you did the ties in the front! the red is a great color on you. i just finished my own saltspring dress and i am crazy in love with this pattern! it’s definitely a winner!

  3. Lauren August 9, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Ahh, I love the front ties!! So cute!! That orangey-red is such a good color on you, too :) I know what you mean about going crazy about the wrinkles, but I think the style of this dress looks fine with a few wrinkles.

  4. June August 9, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I think the dress looks very nice (good job!), and I would not worry about wrinkles. There’s an inherent compromise between wrinkles and natural fibers, right? Natural fibers = more wrinkles. You could try polyester blends: some are OK to wear, and they will wrinkle less.

  5. PendleStitches August 9, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Gorgeous. That fabric does look dreamy and it’s a beautiful colour on you.

  6. Ashley August 9, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Wow!!! I love the color of this one! Great job!!!!

  7. nothy August 9, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I think the colour of the fabric is perfect on you! I like the shorter length too. I’m a bit torn on whether to make a long dress or a short one….I am going fabric shopping tomorrow…can’t wait for the sew-along

  8. Sassy T August 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Very Pretty.

  9. Hazel August 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Love your version, you really suit the colour :) I finished my first version last week and I’m excited to make my next as a part of the sewalong!

  10. Carolyn August 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Very cute! I love the bright orange! : ) I’ll be curious to see how you added the skirt lining at the end. Looking forward to the sew-along posts!

  11. Theresa August 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Is it okay for me to start the sewalong a bit late? I have a few projects I need to finish first… But I’m so making this, for sure (I have the fabric and everything)

    • Caroline Amanda August 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      Hi Theresa, of course! You can start the sew along whenever you’re ready and go at whatever pace you like. That’s the beauty of it, it will be on the blog for you to refer to whenever you need to. Happy sewing!

  12. Susan August 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Got the pattern, now to get some fabric. Thanks for the reminder the sew along starts Monday. I’m on it!

  13. Nisha August 10, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I’m super excited to start the sew-along on Monday!!

  14. Kelly August 10, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Cute! This is such a fun little dress.

  15. Ginger August 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    You ain’t kiddin’– what a fabulous color! Love this dress!


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