I”m happy to share this seersucker dress with you! I wholeheartedly apologize for the apparent scowls in these photos. My husband was my photographer and he dislikes taking photos…. so yeah….. you know how that goes!
These photos were taken in Rye, New Hampshire, which is outside of Portsmouth. Many of my ancestors came through Portsmouth in the 1600’s from England and settled there before moving around New England. This was actually my first time to this area in the summer and I actually got to see the New Hampshire coastline when it wasn’t cold and snowy!I used McCall’s 6503 to make this dress. This pattern is actually a recent discovery as I never paid too much attention to it due to the cover photography. I was searching through line drawings for a particular design and found this pattern. I love a lapel on a bodice and this one seemed like a good candidate for my fabric. I made View A sans ruffles and graded up to about a size 26.
My fabric is a pink/purple/grey seersucker purchased from Britex Fabrics several months ago. I bought three yards of this on the remnant floor. There was another seersucker in another colorway (I believe it was more pink) and a salesperson tried to get me to buy the other color as it was a super deal (20% off). I told her that I didn’t really need two similar seersucker dresses, but after sewing and wearing this fabric, I feel that I could wear a hundred more seersucker dresses in this fabric! This is the loveliest seersucker I’ve ever felt and it has such a nice sheen and is silky to the touch. I <3 it.
I managed to line up all of the checks on this dress, including the side seams on the skirt. The only place it’s off is on the bodice side seams.
In the photo on my dressform this dress had yet to be hemmed as it was hanging for a while before I did so. In the photo above you can see a ripply hem. This seersucker apparently needed stay tape or something of the like on the hem before I sewed it, so I may get the seam ripper out and rectify that situation, although it doesn’t really bother me.
This dress is unlined, has a side zipper, and the armholes are finished with bias tape. The bodice has a faux wrap and seemingly a lot of ease. I added a button/buttonhole to hold it together as everything was pretty much on display without it. I like the added detail of the button and the end result of my alteration, but I’d probably size down the bodice if I were to make this version in the future. I also did a swayback adjustment.
This dress was a breeze to make and quick to cut out and construct. If one wasn’t matching up checks, it would be even faster! It feels a little strange having a lapel on a bodice without a collar, so I guess it is kind of like a faux shirtdress…. I’m not sure I’d make another dress with this version, but I plan to make View C someday.
During my epic sewing adventure pre-vacation a la Project Runway, I also made a carry-on bag! This is the now OOP Butterick 5968 which I previously posted on Instagram. I had been looking for a bag about this size for a few weeks to no avail and finally decided to just make it. I used a purple Marc Jacobs quilted faux suede purchased from Fabric Mart last year for $2.99/yd, which was actually bought with the intention to make this exact bag. I guess I needed a little push to make this.
My bag is the medium sized bag in this pattern collection and the notions and lining all came from my stash. That’s why there is a contrast zipper (the lining is also turquoise) as I was shopping in my sewing room. I made this bag in half a day and it was easy to construct. The faux suede was the perfect choice for this bag as the pattern also has directions for quilting your fabric. Make your life easier and buy quilted fabric to begin with. 🙂
I’m not certain why this pattern is out of print as I don’t remember it being released that long ago. I suppose it didn’t sell well and they dropped it. Not sure why as it’s a great pattern to make and the perfect travel bag!I hope you’re keeping cool wherever you are! We returned to CA from New England and have been sweltering in 100+ temps ever since! Luckily, we have some short trips planned this summer to cooler locales like over to the coast and up to Oregon.
- Dress: McCall’s 6503 in purple/pink/grey seersucker, made by me
- Shoes: Birkenstock Gizeh
- Duffle bag: Butterick 5968 in Marc Jacobs quilted faux suede, made by me