Louisiana Hayride Dress
Fabric: Striped seersucker estate sale - 4 yards for about $.30 
Pattern: Simplicity 3338 – $5.95 from Etsy
Notions: Vintage pearl buttons – $0.005
Year: c. early 1960s
Time to complete: About 12 hours
First worn: March 2010
Wear again? Yes, especially in Spring.
Total Cost: $6.30
 I have a hard time figuring out the cost of supplies from that Novato estate sale. I bought about 625 items including buttons, zippers, fabrics and patterns for $20 so I'm just averaging out the cost.
I've written about my love for That's Entertainment before. In the time since, I've managed to get my two year-old hooked on the movie as well. Her favorite scenes are "pretty dresses" scenes — the Good News dance number, the Esther Williams swimming scenes and, most importantly, the Louisiana Hayride number from The Band Wagon. She loves Louisiana Hayride so much that I usually have to play the song at least five times a day while she dances in one of her puffiest dresses. She calls it "eesiana hayride," but that's okay.
This pattern reminds me of one of the Louisiana Hayride dresses, though my version is a bit modified to be a little more wearable.
The fabric — which I can't figure out exactly what it is — is amazing. It has stripes but also a little texture made from the tiniest little pleats. If you look at the detail photo below, maybe you can help me identify it. Updated: Thanks Kabira for pointing out that it's seersucker.
I spent an insane amount of time on this dress working on the embroidered flowers and the hand-sewn rick rack edging. I machined embroidered the flowers with a design from here. Although it all basically worked out well, having to match stripes while embroidering is a real pain.
Even though I chose to make the sleeveless version of this dress, you'll notice that the cap sleeves in the original dress aren't there. That's because while I was embroidering, I caught some of the sleeve in the machine. So I made it work and the sleeves came off.
When my daughter saw me wearing this dress, she said "That's a pretty dress, mama." That's definitely my measure of an overwhelming success.