Good evening my darlings!
Disclaimer: I'm hungover. I was hungover this morning, I'ms hungover in these photos, I'm still hungover now. Why is it that as I get older hangovers last ALL day? It is unjust, I say. The tough price to pay for having fun, I suppose.
Now, on to this make. It's Sewaholic's new pattern, the Saltspring dress! As soon as Tasia released this pattern I saw the beauty in its casual appeal for summer, its length variations, and the cute shoulder ties. And it helped that I already knew what fabric I was going to use for my first Saltspring.
I bought this fabric back in March in Walthamstow with 'Lena. I was enticed by the wonderful tropical print. Of course, I have no idea what it is - it's thin, but has a crispness to it, and is definitely totally man-made. Maybe a polyester of some kind. Who knows, I'm rubbish at identifying fabrics. After I bought it, with no idea what I would use it for, I did worry that it would sit in my stash for a looooooong time before the right pattern came along. It wasn't going to suit just anything. But when the Saltspring came up I knew it would work pretty well. I think the style of the dress and the print complement each other perfectly.
I had originally thought I would make the maxi version of the dress, but it turned out I didn't have enough fabric. And in retrospect, I think that's for the best. The fabric is light and crisp, rather then drapey, and that feels fine for the knee-length version, but I think something softer and drapier would be best for the maxi version. I look forward to making that in the future!
The pattern is great. The bodice is cleverly made up of the outer shell and an inner lining, but the outer shell is longer than the lining to create the bloused effect. Then, pleasingly, the waist is elasticated, which feels very nice, but also does up with a zip. I know some others who have made this dress haven't been that keen on the shoulder ties, but I love them! A sweet little detail.
I'm very happy that I didn't have to make any adjustments or have any fitting issues. I cut an 8 in the bust and graded up to a 10 in the waist- and it's a perfect fit! I will definitely make another Saltspring. I think I'll put it away for the moment (sadly I believe we may not have that much more of a summer left in the UK to make much use of another) and bring it out again for a maxi version for next summer. Whoop!
Hope you've all had a great Sunday. Despite my hangover I have a had a good one. Went out for a lovely lunch with friends at the excellent St John's Tavern in Archway (amazing food!) and thought hair of the dog might help with my hangover, so washed down the excellent food with some lovely vino rosso. Now I'm about to crash so might end my night with an episode of Game of Thrones. We're a bit behind the times and are only halfway through season 2 but we're loving it! Long live the King in the North! (Sorry, couldn't resist).
Oh, and my photographer's been moaning that he doesn't get any credit for photos of me on this blog. So, I must officially tell you all, photographs are courtesy of the wonderful Joshua Clark. He's the best and is available for weddings and bar mitzvahs, and for photos in front of a blue door.
Here's to a great week ahead!