| (I tested the pattern for the Sewaholic Saltspring Dress and sewed 2 versions, chiffon and jersey. This is the review of the chiffon version.)|
Pattern Description: The Saltspring Dress is a sundress in two lengths, a full-length maxi dress and an above-knee length dress. The bodice lining is cut shorter than the bodice pieces, which gives a blousing at the waistline. The straps tie in a bow at the shoulders and it has inseam pockets.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 0-16, Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller bust and waist, larger hips, but this dress shape is suited to different figures.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, exactly
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I find that the Sewholic instructions are excellent, and always include a clear diagram for each step.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There was nothing I disliked about the pattern, though I had trouble turning the spaghetti straps. I read about a method which used a drinking straw to turn them, tried it and I turned them very easily & blogged how I did it. Turning spaghetti straps
I like the flattering shape of the dress, that it can be sewn in two lengths and that the pattern instructions are very well written, though maybe a beginner would need more detail.
Fabric Used: For this version I used chiffon and satin.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: For the chiffon version, I had to add a lining to the skirt. As I was pattern testing I didn't want to make any changes to the pattern, so I cut the skirt lining from the main skirt pieces and then treated the fabric pieces as one, following the instructions exactly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would sew it again. I have seen it sewn in voile, which I would love to try, and I would love to sew it in a very 'drapey' jersey. I would highly recommend the pattern to others.
Conclusion: A very versatile pattern for a summer dress which can be sewn as a casual dress or an occasion dress depending on the fabrics you choose.