I have been eyeing the Saltspring dress for some time now, so when Caroline shared a camisole hack it was just the push I needed to invest in this pattern. I love the delicate spaghetti straps and combined with the ruffle panel so much, I just had to take the plunge. I’m sure I will make the actual dress version of this pattern eventually, but for now, BEES!
This hack is very simple, and it is so comfortable to wear. I made my version out of a pretty cheap poly crepe dé chine from Dressew (also available online here), so I decided to line the bodice with black rayon to provide a more comfortable feel against the skin. This extra step was worth it, the shirt is so lovely and soft inside. The alternative to a full lining is creating the facings like Caroline did in the tutorial. I did not line the ruffle hem, since it sits out away from my body.
I am proud to say I finally did a full bust adjustment! I’ve known I could benefit from one for some time now, but I am just on the cusp of needing it, so I can get away without one with most fabrics and silhouettes (and a non push-up bra). This was my first attempt and I used another tutorial from Sewaholic to do it – it was easy breezy! Not only that, it was fun, and I like the fit of the shirt a lot. I don’t have a pre-FBA version to compare it to though, so I might actually try one as-is to see how the fit differs.
This pattern has so much potential. I can see another version with no gathers, one with gathers higher up, one with a gathered skirt (this silhouette is so popular these days), knit versions, etc. I have three more of these camisoles planned already!
Pattern: Sewaholic Saltspring Dress, Camisole Hack
Fabric: Polyester Crepe de Chine from Dressew (available online here)
Time: 2 hours
Alterations: 1” full bust adjustment
Love this fun summer print. What a great idea to line a polyester fabric with a soft rayon. You get the best of two worlds.
Thanks! It really made a huge difference, polyester in the sun can be unbearable!
Caroline’s tank hack is exactly what pushed me to buy this pattern too – although I haven’t made it yet LOL. I drool over yours every time you post it on Instagram. It looks lovely on you and those bees!! I love those bees! And what an ingenious idea to line it! The fit looks great too – hooray for FBAs!
Hahaha, you will soon I’m sure! It is the best summer tank. I’ve got another version sans-ruffle cut out in that cute parrot print from blackbird – so excited!
How cute! I’m a big bee lover
Thanks, Rhonda! Me too 🙂
It’s very cute. I’ve nearly pulled the trigger on the saltspring several times……next summer maybe!