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Sewaholic Patterns: 1303 (Saltspring Dress) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:ahearta
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Posted on:10/25/13 4:00 PM
Last Updated:10/25/13 4:06 PM
Project Photo:Sewaholic Patterns: 1303 by ahearta

Sewaholic Patterns: 1303 by ahearta  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Available for sale on PR: $17.98 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Cotton- Lawn  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description: The very long description from the website - "Here's a breezy, relaxed sundress perfect for hot summer nights and days at the beach! The Saltspring Dress comes in two lengths, a full-length maxi dress and an above-knee length dress. What's neat about this dress is the construction. The bodice lining is cut shorter than the bodice pieces, so you'll never need to re-adjust the blousing at the waistline. You'll always look effortlessly put-together! Inseam pockets make this dress practical as well as stylish. The straps tie in a bow at the shoulders, making it easily adjustable."

Pattern Sizing: 0-16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. Tasia likes to focus on line drawings instead of sketches or photos of the finished dress, but I did think it looked like I expected.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I was a pattern tester, and I had no trouble making the dress. I can only imagine the instructions have gotten even clearer for the real deal.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the easy fit of the pattern. The elastic waist is comfortable and flattering, and it hides away under the blousing of the bodice.

Fabric Used: I used a cotton lawn for my shorter version and a cotton voile for my maxi version.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: For my shorter version, I made the pattern up exactly as directed for view A. For my maxi version (which I made second), I converted the shoulder ties to single straps for ease of wearing. I also omitted the zipper since I can easily get the dress on and off without it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Having already made it twice, I can imagine making it again and again. I've seen a winterized version out of knit with long sleeves on another blog recently, and I'm tempted to steal the idea!

Conclusion: If you're looking for an easy and comfortable summer dress, I highly recommend this pattern. I'm a big fan of all Sewaholic Patterns though, so take that as you will!

You can see more photos and read more about each garment on my blog, Sew Well. The shorter Liberty Lawn version can be found here, and the cotton voile maxi version can be found here.
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SewLibra said...
Both versions look great on you! Nice job.
10/26/13 0:32 AM
Chempac said...
Love them both!
10/26/13 10:30 PM
ahearta said...
Thank you so much!
10/27/13 0:11 AM
margy.64 said...
Very pretty fabric for both versions of this dress. Looks like a great pattern too.
10/27/13 3:31 AM
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