Sewaholic Saltspring!

A year after purchasing this pattern I finally got around to putting it together. Better late than never! Now that I have, I foresee many more in my near future. Simply put, this is an easy, flattering sundress that can be whipped up in an afternoon, even for a beginner sewist. Dress it up, pare it down; styling possibilities are plentiful.

For make #1 I chose View B, the maxi dress. I know some people shy away from long dresses because they feel they get eaten up by all of the fabric, but I’ve been blessed with long legs so I’ll be darned if I’m not going to take advantage!

The fabric was a score from my favorite haunt; I purchased two and a half yards of this tiedyed rayon/voile/Idnno blend, and it was juuuuust enough to eek out the dress. The bodice lining was some mint voile I had on hand – I like the combo of mint + grey. I omitted the pockets as I thought they would be too heavy for such a lightweight fabric, and I wanted it to be as breezy and flowy as possible.

I cut a 14 for the bodice/bust and graded down to a 12 for the skirt. Sewaholic Patterns are designed for a pear shape, of which I am not at all; quite the opposite, I usually end up having to cut a larger size up top and grading down substantially due to my lack of waist/hips.

Because I’m lazy I opted out of a muslin… and we all know what happens when you choose to dive right in. While I’m pretty happy with the fit, the bodice is a little baggy at the side bust/armpits. Despite measuring and choosing a pattern sized based on these measurements, yet again I’m left with too much room in the bust. I realize an FBA was also an option but (see: lazy). So, for my next dress I will cut a 12 bodice and grade to a 10 waist, and see how that goes! Speaking of lazy, I also omitted the zipper in the back, after reading several posts from people who left it out with good results. Additionally, the straps are a little too long for my liking, so they’re getting chopped down as well.

In all honesty I like summer sewing projects to be quick and instantly gratifying, so by making the few alterations above I achieved my goal; easy, breezy, and oh so comfortable to wear :)

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