Saltspring Maxi Dress

Saltspring Dress

Florida vacation + 3 meters of gorgeous fabric from Barcelona = excuse to make a maxi dress (although, does one need an excuse? Hardly!)


Saltspring Dress

We just celebrated our first wedding anniversary this past weekend (crazy, time flies!) and decided to do a little getaway trip to Florida for a couple of warm days by a fancy swimming pool, some welcome relief after the cold spring we’re experiencing in Boston.  Like a lot of sewists, I always try to make something new to take on a trip and wanted something special to wear on our anniversary.  I had a maxi dress in mind with this floral polyester crepe I bought in Barcelona last month, and with the Saltspring pattern on my “to sew” list for a while now, the two seemed like the perfect match.

This pattern is brilliant – the proportion of the blousing of the outer layer is just right and I appreciated the use of the waist seam allowances as a casing for the elastic!


Saltspring Dress

I followed the pattern to a “T,” but after reading a bunch of pattern reviews online, I opted to skip the zipper in the back – I knew I wasn’t going to have a hard time pulling the dress on over my head since the bodice looked pretty roomy.  I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the back bodice pieces on the fold, but that’s ok since the print is pretty busy.


Saltspring Dress

I got sunburned on my chest the first day we were there…oops.  It’s much worse than what you’re seeing!

The ties are pretty long and I know some people ended up shortening them, which I may do in the future after wearing it a few times if they start bugging me.  And let me tell you – using a bobby pin to turn narrow tubes is a life-saver in situations like this, I definitely recommend watching this video if you’ve never tried it.


Saltspring Dress

I don’t have much to say about this dress since the pattern is pretty much perfect, although I wish I looked at the skirt length before I cut out my fabric – it’s a little short for my personal liking as a maxi and I made a baby hem in the skirt to keep as much length as possible (for reference, I’m 5’8″).  Other than that, I’m thrilled with this new addition to my summer wardrobe – now if only the warm weather from Florida followed us back home!

Pattern: Saltspring Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, view B
Fabric: poly crepe from Ribes y Casals Barcelona



  1. June 10, 2017 / 5:42 am

    Gosh Elle, I adore this dress!!! I almost bought this pattern last week and now after seeing your dress, I wish I had picked it up!! You look great!

  2. June 10, 2017 / 5:45 am

    Ok…so I tried to comment on elleggee’s blog and the comment popped up here on yours! Sorry about that! Let’s try this again….

    Happy Anniversary! You look fantastic in your dress!

  3. June 21, 2017 / 11:05 am

    What a lovely dress! That fabric is a perfect match for a delicate maxi dress like this one. It’s certainly a great anniversary-slash-vacation dress: congratulations to you both on that special milestone!

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