Bees Knees Saltspring Camisole Hack

Bees Knees Saltspring Camisole Hack

Posted by Helen | June 6, 2016 | Into My Closet
Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet

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!

Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet
Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet
Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet

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.  

Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet
Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet

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.

Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet
Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet
Sewaholic Saltspring Bees Camisole Hack by Helen's Closet

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!  

 

Final Stats

Pattern: Sewaholic Saltspring Dress, Camisole Hack

Fabric:  Polyester Crepe de Chine from Dressew (available online here)

Time: 2 hours

Alterations: 1” full bust adjustment

 

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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!

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