Summer Dress Season

The breezy maxi dress

Blog / 24 July 2015

Picture this…the sky is bright blue and the sun is out, it’s lovely and warm – so warm that you don’t even need a cardy, you’re by the seaside, ice cream cone in hand….we need a dress to complete this picture….here it is - the Breezy Maxi Dress!

The Sewaholic Saltspring Dress has been one pattern that we have had in stock almost since we opened, but until I made it I didn’t realise how gorgeous it was! It is the perfect holiday dress or for balmy summer days when you need something very light weight and breathable but still want to cover your legs.

This breezy relaxed dress can be made in either the maxi length or above the knee.

It has spaghetti style straps that tie in a cute bow.......

and due to the way the bodice is constructed; it will always have that really lovely blowsy effect at the waistline. The bodice is lined but the lining is shorter than the outer fabric, which is what causes the fullness. It has elastic at the waist too which makes is really comfortable and can also fasten with a zip at the back making the fit really flattering over the bust.

It also has lovely big in seam pockets for keeping the ice cream money in! What more could you want!?

  • I’ve not worn maxi dresses before really but it’s another pattern that has totally surprised me and I’ve liked it a lot more once I’d made it and tried it on. It makes me feel so summery and the skirt has a lovely amount of fullness to it.

  • I really enjoyed the process of making it up. The bodice construction is really interesting and something completely different from anything I’ve done before. Combining elastic and a zip closure was a bit different but the instructions were really clear so as long as you take it one step at a time you’ll be fine.

It has to be flip-flops or fancy flat sandals for a dress like this. And, if the situation calls for it, layered up over your bikini or swimsuit for jumping in the pool or sea to cool down!

I think it looks really cute with a cardigan too!

Here is me on holiday back in June wearing it out for tea...

I used this fresh blue sail boat cotton lawn for my dress.

Due to the shape of the bodice and the way that it sits you need a fabric with a really good drape and a lot of movement. I think I just about got away with it in this cotton fabric so for my other top picks I've chosen light-weight jerseys and rayons.

I think these vibrant fuschia and turquoise colours would look great

These ditsy floral prints would also work really well. I've chosen the Light Blue, Pink and Green colourways.

All of these fabrics and the Saltspring Pattern too have 15% off for the next week (ends midnight 30th July). The discount has already been applied so no code needed. Just click on the highlighted text to see the full fabric listing.

  • The instructions are really clear, just take them one step at a time and you’ll be fine.
  • The straps are quite long and narrow so I’d recommend a loop turner for turning them inside out.
  • I’m a huge fan of the invisible zip and due to the way the bodice is made on this dress you have to use a regular zip. I followed all the instructions and inserted the zip but I just wasn’t’ happy with the way it was sitting. It could have been that the cotton lawn I used just didn’t drape enough, either way – it just wasn’t working.
  • Due to the elastic at the waist I realised I could get the dress on and off over my shoulder anyway, even when the zip was closed, so I just took the zip out!
  • I then just sewed the centre back seam of the skirt and bodice lining and then slip stitched/ladder stitched the outer bodice together at the centre back seam by hand. I think it looks much neater.
  • The length was perfect for me and I’m 5ft 5 so if you are a bit taller than that you might want to add a few more inches onto the length for the maxi version.

Next week, for the final week of Summer Dress Season I'll be showing you the ultimate 'Cute Everyday Dress' - this one is so lovely I want to wear it everyday...but then I have so many dresses now I have to change!

Tune in next week for pictures of our special Summer Dress Event that is happening in the shop tomorrow (Saturday 25th July) as well. All the dresses from my blog series will be on display along with samples of every other indie dress pattern that we stock.

I think they are going to look awesome all together! Can't wait!