|Sewaholic Patterns: 1303 (Saltspring Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||8/20/13 11:58 AM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Available for sale on PR: $17.98 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Rayon Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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"...a breezy, relaxed sundress perfect for hot summer nights and days at the beach!"
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it really did! Check out my grainy cameraphone selfie for proof.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were great. I actually started out following the sew-along (which you can find here), which included helpful additional tips and pictures. However, I got over-enthusiastic and skipped ahead.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really love the relaxed style of the pattern - perfect for summer days. I also like the clever bodice construction; the lining is cut slightly shorter than the main bodice pieces, meaning that the bodice maintains a perfectly bloused shape at all times. That, combined with the elasticated waist make this the laziest of all dresses to wear. Effortless + comfortable style? Yes please.
Oh, and pockets! I love pockets.
A rayon/poly jersey with a pretty blue & pink floral print which drapes nicely.
I would also mention that the pattern calls for 3.2m of 150cm wide fabric (that's 3 1/2 yards of 60" fabric for those of you who work with imperial measurements), but I managed to squeeze mine out of 2.3m. Bonus!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took about an inch out of the bodice length and the same out of the bodice lining, because I am petite (really short).
I switched the tie straps for a single spaghetti strap on each side. I like the tie straps, and am planning to sew another Saltspring which includes them, but I wanted something less fussy on this dress. This floor-length floral dress has enough going on as it is!
Because I was using a stretch fabric, I didn't need a zip. Because of this, I took the seam allowances off the bodice, bodice lining and skirt back pieces and cut them on the fold instead. This made the Saltspring the quickest dress ever to sew. It came together in a few hours.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes! I have a more formal version in the pipeline as we speak...
This is a great pattern. It's well designed with good instructions, and can produce a fabulous (and fabulously comfy) summer dress in a few hours. In short: another great job from Sewaholic!
UPDATE! Today I made a matching tie-belt from my fabric remnants to wear with my Saltspring. I really like the way it looks. Since I didn't do tie-straps, I think the belt is a nice detail which brings the whole thing together. New and better photo including the tie-belt uploaded here and here!
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