Saltspring Dress, Shorter Version!

I am so glad you like the new pattern, the Saltspring Dress! I was so excited to show off the gorgeous maxi-length version yesterday and felt that it deserved its own post. Today, I’ll show photos of the shorter, above-knee version. It’s just as pretty as the maxi dress, with a shorter, practical (and bike-able!) skirt length.

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The fabric is a bit of a mystery – it was marked as a polyester, but has the softness of rayon and wrinkles more than I would expect from polyester. It’s from Fabricland, I picked it up when I went in to grab something else – isn’t that how half of our fabric ends up in the collection?

These photos are a little older – you can tell by the hairstyle! – but they’re quite clear and show off the shape of the dress well.

saltspring dress front and back

One thing to note: the bodice of this dress may look oversized and roomy, but it’s not. It still fits close to the body around the neckline and upper bodice. Don’t be tempted to choose a smaller size! I am wearing the same size that I do in all the patterns. It’s designed to fit at the top of the bodice, so it looks breezy and relaxed without feeling sloppy.

saltspring dress

You can see how different this dress looks from the maxi version, and how the fabric can completely change the look! Add a jacket or a cardigan to this shorter length version, and you’re good to go for the day.

Like the Saltspring Dress pattern? Get it here!

Tomorrow we’ll look at what happens if you skip the zipper on this dress, and skip the blousing! Why on earth would we do that? It was something that people wondered about during the pattern testing, so of course I wanted to test it out for myself. Look for the results tomorrow morning!

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20 Responses to Saltspring Dress, Shorter Version!

  1. MrsSmith July 25, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    I love both. I think I shall buy this pattern! :)

  2. Sam July 25, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Oooh, I’m looking forward to seeing how you skip the blousing. I love this pattern, but bloused over dresses don’t really suit me.

  3. Jenny July 25, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Can’t wait to get mine – I already have the perfect fabric in mind. I think I’ll make the long version first. I used to think that dresses like this wouldn’t fit my body type (curvy) but after sewing up my first maxi – I’m hooked! I absolutely love them. I’m looking forward to reading your instructions on making this dress.

  4. Carrie July 25, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    I absolutely love both versions of this dress and cannot wait to make one myself! Actually, I’ve been dreaming of this pattern for a while, so light and comfortable and cool for the summer – it’s like you read my mind!!

  5. Kelly July 25, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Love it! I have been picturing a dress like this in my head, how awesome that you made a pattern for me! I really want to make the maxi length in some navy jersey I have had in my stash for a while. Although the shorter version is really cute too!

  6. Becky July 25, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    I was wondering if we could get away with skipping the zipper. Thanks for addressing this.

  7. Tilly July 25, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Love this version too! I naturally gravitate towards a short version, being miniature myself, but your write up of the maxi version is tempting me to try that one too… xxx

  8. Theresa July 25, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Oooh, I am excited about tomorrow! I plan to make this dress as it (with both elastic and blousing) but I wanted to add a built in bra (like the Lonsdale dress from “a fashionable stitch”) but I need to see how closely the inner bodice fits to the body.

    Sooooo exciiiited!

  9. Jacci July 25, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am buying my pattern today!

  10. Qui July 25, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Oh! I have that fabric. I thought it was a rayon. It looks great with your new pattern–you look lovely.

  11. Johanna July 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing your next version- I love when a pattern is nice and versatile! I can’t wait to everyone’s versions popping up :)

  12. Jane Richmond July 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Oh my gosh I love this dress so much!!! This just went on my must-sew list!

  13. Sarah C. July 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Both versions are gorgeous! I always love a maxi, and I am excited to see how you do it without the blousing. It may help the dress work perfectly for those of us who are hourglass in shape rather than pear. This pattern is another big win for you, Tasia!

  14. Nothy July 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    I love this pattern Tasia. I can’t wait until mine arrives!

  15. Nicole July 26, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    Both versions are gorgeous Tasia! I’m going to make the maxi first because I have the perfect fabric awaiting the patterns arrival :-)

  16. youseef July 26, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    Hi its a great dress & look so nice in you..

  17. Nicole_boldgoods July 26, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    I just happened to have enough rayon in my stash, and my pattern is on the way! Can’t wait. I’m torn about what length to choose, though!

  18. Vicki Miller July 26, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    As I looked through the pictures I thought, based on the drape of the skirt, I’d personally go mid-calf, but I’m a large woman & above the knee is never my choice! Also thought this would be a perfect design to make into a coulotte skirt. The fullness would mask the “pant”.

  19. Amanda July 26, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    This is the version I’m planning on making; I ordered my fabric before the pattern was even released! LOL

  20. emily marie August 2, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Hooray! I absolutely love my short Saltspring and have been wearing it like crazy the last month! Hoping a fabric comes along that’s perfect for a maxi version.