September 25, 2013

Sew: Saltspring Dress in Jack & Charlie

I know I say it often, but I LOVE this dress! I think it sums me up perfectly. Bright, quirky, loud with a little bit of classic. I'm not in to embellishment but I do like a vibrant good quality fabric that can take centre stage. This pattern is perfect for allowing gorgeous fabric to shine.

I omitted the centre back zip and cut the back bodice piece on the fold (after removing the seam allowance). This dress is easily put on and off without the zip. It is probably a little bit big which I will fix next time. I did grade the top in but left the waist and hips as the style is loose and relaxed. I will also add an extra inch to the bodice length in my next version.

As you can see, I also changed the straps to plain straps without ties. This was very easy to do.

Project Details
Pattern: Sewaholic Saltspring dress, view A
Fabric: Jack & Charlie Liberty tana lawn from Shaukat
Alterations: Size 14 bust graded to size 16 waist and hips, omitted zip, changed straps, lengthened by 10cm

The only problem I have with this dress is what bra to wear with it. If I'm wearing a cardigan I just wear a normal bra. Without a cardigan, I'm not sure if I can embrace the no bra option. So I bought a navy crop top from American Apparel which works perfectly.

This dress seemed to be my museum dress while on holidays. The first photo is taken at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The second was on our last day in Los Angeles. We visited the California Science Centre to see the Endeavour space shuttle. The shuttle was amazing and not as shiny as I expected. A great place to visit, especially if you have three space obsessed boys!

It's funny as when we were planning our trip, Mr Sew Brunswick had this as his absolute must visit and I had Britex Fabrics!!

L x


  1. I think this is one of my favourite salt springs I've seen. Great length and perfect fabric. You must show us your Britex purchases.

  2. Oh, that Liberty is so cute and looks wonderful made up as a Saltspring! Love it.

  3. I love this fabric with this dress pattern! I like that the scale of the print is much smaller than i imagined when i saw that swatch online somewhere. It's so fun and colorful!

  4. Wow that fabric is cool! I don't actually like many of the liberty prints, but that's a really fun print. Hope you had a great time in California - did you manage to make it to the LA garment district?

  5. It is great on you. I had completely dismissed the Saltspring , but I might reconsider after seeing yours. Love that fabric, need some of that!

  6. What a beautiful dress Leith. It is very much you! And like Kate, I am now reconsidering the Saltspring - especially after seeing Rachel's as well. I think that it's time I ordered some Liberty.


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