A midsummer night’s seersucker remnant project

I wanted to get away from the boxy-shaped projects and do APPAREL again. Clothes can be fun to sew, although to me, it’s about as fun as trying to paint a duplicate of the Sistine Chapel using a q-tip. I’m always glad when the project’s over and I didn’t have a stress meltdown.

This project is another rendition of the Simplicity Project Runway dress #2444 that I first did in February 2011. The remnant I used was a little piece of white cotton to make a contrasting collar.

what's left of the remnant

As soon as I cut out the cape collar, Grayzie parked his considerably large carcass on what was left of it, establishing territorial rights. Next project=cat bed?

understitching the collar facing

The main fabric I used was a baby pink and white cotton seersucker by designer Calvin Klein, which I found at Fabric Mart at a too good to pass up price. It’s rather stretchy, so maybe it has a little spandex in it. Still cool and summery. The dress has side-seam pockets, too!

belt is braided non-leather material

back view

I could have added a sash, tied in front or in back, but in the seersucker material, it would have been bulky, like wearing a big ol’ fanny pack. Hence the store-bought little white belt, which I think looks demure and Land’s End-Meets-June-Cleaver-like. Shirtwaist dresses and little frocks like this seem to be making a comeback, minus the bouffant hairdo y’all. Come ahead on, August!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Berthine
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 13:15:29

    I am sure it will be a great outfit! I have what I call a “June Cleaver outfit.” It’s a dark blue linen summer dress (no sleeves, open neck with a thin notched collar), fitted and buttoned down to the waist then a wide skirt. I wear it with a string of pearls and a wide brimmed hat … I feel as though men are about to take out hankerchefs and brush off a seat for me, while women wonder where I’m hiding the vacuum. 🙂


    • jenyjenny
      Apr 12, 2012 @ 17:47:57

      Fabulous! I gave this dress away to a new bride in our family. I would like to find time to make me some cute summer dresses. Only once I get them finished, I don’t feel comfortable wearing them and go back to the tee shirts, capris and raggedy tennis shoes that I always wear, sigh. Thanks for your kind comments!


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