FO : The saltspring maxi skirt (or three!)

This current love of mine, was an accident. The first maternity saltspring I made, by the time it was almost finished I’d grown too round to fit it. It hung unfinished in my sewing room for over a year.

And then I decided to salvage the skirt, and make it into a maxi.
cotton maxi skirt saltspring

The saltspring skirt is BRILLIANT for an easy maxi. Yes, I probably could have drafted it up, but I knew it would fit. Perfectly. So why wouldn’t I make MORE? The next two versions are from beautiful fabric from the Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe. I went in there for one thing…and came out with so much beautiful fabric, that didn’t deserve to be chopped up too small.

saltspring skirt elastic waistband skirt

In the last shot, I’ve tucked my singlet in to show the waistband.  It was a very good photo lesson as to how not to wear my maxi.  UGGGGH.  It doesn’t help that the last one is lined (as the white of the print can be a little see through) which makes it even bulkier.
lined cotton maxi dress


Sewaholic Saltspring Dress


Surprisingly little. I used the skirt piece for Saltspring dress, using the front piece twice as there was no need for a zip. BAM. Simple skirt. With perfect swishiness.


The cloth shop in Ivanhoe, and also


I tend to use this tutorial by Fehr Trade for my elastic waistbands, as they turn out nicer and don’t roll.  This was a very straightforward “alteration” and really, aside from the waistband it’s two straight seams and a hem.   In hindsight I could have possibly just used the Rae skirt sewing pattern by Sewaholic Patterns and lengthened it.

Overall rating?

Simple to make, satisfying and I’ve worn all of them in fairly constant rotation, with the middle one one being put on as soon as it’s dry off the line.  It may have never seen the inside of my wardrobe.

That may speak volumes for how much I love it, or how much I hate folding washing.  That mystery is up to you dear readers.
sewing maxi skirt cotton elastic waistband



The maternity saltspring frocktails dress

So it’s the Tuesday before social sewing, my order hasn’t shipped, and I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to make my frocktails dress without social sewing. What’s a girl to do?

Buy more fabric of course!

On the Thursday I invested in 3 metres of the beautiful drapey polyester (crazy hot in summer I’m sure, but sooo slinky). On Friday my order showed up. Of course.

Maternity saltspring

Fate had a beautiful hand in that I actually prefer my last minute back up fabric!
Back maternity saltspring

I wore this to the amazing Frocktails event hosted by Kat at Longrain in Melbourne, and it was such an fun night. Melbournians are renowned for tending to dress in black, so it was hilarious to see most the restaurant in muted colours, and then three tables of fantastic prints and bold colours and striking designs! You rock ladies!

I was very slack and forgot to take photos, and was a little tired and shy for the night. In the morning I woke up and was full of regret, there were so many questions and conversations not had! Anyway, if you want to see some photos, Melanie (poppykettle) took heaps and other bloggers have lots popping up around the place.

Due to the epic tired, I didn’t get any dress photos on the night (it got hemmed at 5.25, when I had to leave by 6pm!), so I’ve recreated the outfit I wore (less makeup and hair).

Out on the town saltspring maternity classy

Also due to the epic tired, the washing is still a little out of control, so this dress came out for playgroup on Wednesday as well with a cardigan and flip flow. I think it works perfectly well for both, but feel free to disagree with me on this point.

Maternity saltspring

playgroup PLaygroup
I’ll do another construction post later, where I’ll detail the alterations I made to make a maternity version, but simple summary is as follows
-The lining of the dress is using a knit fabric with plenty of stretch, to allow for bust changes
-The straps were cut as one piece and made much wider to cover bra straps
-the waistline of the front and back was lifted just over 2″, although in the future I would probably lift the back even further as it dips down a little
Back detail maternity saltspring
– the skirt front was cut with an additional wedge of fabric at centrefold, narrowing down to nothing at the hem
-The skirt front was also cut with a longer hem at the centre front, reducing as it got closer to the side seams.
-with the additional width of the skirt front, I gathered that piece slightly when attaching it to the bodice
-eliminated the back zip

The waistline was the really crucial adjustment for this to work as a maternity dress, and to illustrate the point, please note the altered waistline, and where my waistline once upon a time existed.
Maternity saltspring waistline

This is going to be a TNT maternity pattern for the hot Australian summer, especially (spoiler for people who haven’t procreated yet) when I can’t reach my legs to shave them!