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The Saltwater Slip Dress Worn 3 Ways | By Emma @SewDoItEmma

The Saltwater Slip Dress Worn 3 Ways | By Emma @SewDoItEmma

Hey there, it’s Emma aka @SewDoItEmma on instagram and I’m here today after Paige reached out to me for a blog post about Friday’s new pattern, the Saltwater Slip and I did not hesitate to say yes!  So I’m stepping out of my comfort zone as I haven’t done something like this before, no not a blog post - but how I’m going to style the Saltwater Slip three ways. Keep reading to see more.

This will be my fourth Saltwater in less than a month, yes I said four. I’m going to talk about this black version in today's post, because I have a few ideas on how I would style this depending on how I'm wearing it and to where.

This version is made out of a beautiful viscose challis that I picked up a while ago from @material_girl_laura. I thought I’d make it into something else but like many of my fabrics it’s been waiting to be used until the Saltwater came along. The blossoms on the fabric are just so simple and delicate, quite like the Saltwater pattern itself.  Looking at the dress, gives me inner smiles and goose pimples all round … nice little feeling, right!

All of my versions apart from one has the waist ties, I like how I’ve got the choice of cinching it in and these are completely optional.  Although this pattern is drafted for 5’6”and I’m 5’3”, I kept the length and it’s not tripping me up, which is a great. The proportions are just right, even for a petite & fat sewist!

Leisurely Pace

So the first look is one that I’ll be using to go out during the day as things start to open up, maybe meet some friends for lunch within restrictions and rules, of course. 

Comfort is my number one friend, especially after the year-and-a-half of wearing non-restrictive clothes, so I’m wearing a simple white tee underneath my Saltwater Slip Dress with a pair of black snag tights and black pumps.  If there’s a chill in the air, then I’ll wear my not-so-real leather jacket but if it’s set to be warm then I’ll happily carry a small black cardigan, which is easy to pull off and on if need be.

Sophisticated yet warm

So, we all know Scotland (in the UK) can give us four seasons in one day, yes? Well, you do now, Be prepared!

Summer here can be sunny and glorious but we still get our wet and chilly days, so changing my white tee for a black mock polo-neck and tights or black leggings, whilst also opting for the black boot wedges instead of the pumps, is the 'I am ready for anything look'. It's the perfect multi season layering piece. I’ve also added a silver heart necklace that my Husband gifted to me a couple of Birthdays ago, which I adore!

Out OUT!

Whilst I know there are people who are just gradually easing out of lockdowns, I’m still having to be overly cautious as I am a carer for my Aunt. Despite that, when the time comes, I’ll be ready in this Saltwater Slip look for an outing or 2, or 3! 

Slipping back into my back tights or going bare legged if it’s warm enough, the choice of footwear will depend on this completely!  I’ll be brave and show off some skin, so no mock polo-neck nor tee but I’ll jacket my pleather or teal wool jacket to keep me warm whilst waiting on a taxi back home!


Wow, this dress has got me thinking of how I can swap pieces in my wardrobe. And that’s what you want, especially making a me-made wardrobe that still functions with ready-to-wear clothing. Yet again, another breathtaking pattern from Chelsea which has made me do a 180º flip, not being sure if this design would suit me into something I absolutely cannot get enough of!


Thanks so much for reading Emma's post. To shop the Saltwater slip click here. Check Emma out on Instagram here

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