The “Sail Away” Dress
Fabric: Seersucker Cotton
Pattern: Butterick’s B5362
Notions: Thread & Buttons
Time to Complete: 5 Hours
First Worn: Governor’s Island, NYC
Wear Again? Yes
Total Price: $8 – $8 for Fabric, Notions from Stash
This is my first time sewing with Seersucker but when I’ve seen it on the Fashion Runways I always think summery. I desperately needed a dress to stay cool in. I love summer and hot weather but this heat wave is sucking the energy right out of me. I can wear this one to work as well as on the weekends.
I came across this fabric and it was originally a whopping $16 a yard, went back 2 weeks later and only 1 bolt out of 6 was left. Apparently one of the fashion houses bought everything but this bolt because some yardage had already been cut from it and the sales person offered to sell it at $8 because it would be my lucky day. To which my reply was 3 yards at $4 a yard would be like hitting the jackpot. Cash is golden :) I wonder what fashion house bought it and if I will see it on the runways?
This pattern was as easy as the one I used for the “Pantone Challenge”, 4 pattern pieces and very straight forward construction. I did a little embellishment on the lower front panel with white buttons. The pattern said you could use crochet mirrors but I didn’t find any in my usually notion stores, so buttons win.
On Saturday, my best friend Carmen and I took the ferry ride over to Governor’s Island. There was a lot of activities going for the day but our goal was to see the Art Galleries; the Corning Museum of Glass Glass Blowing, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Graphic Production and the Empire Historic Arts Fund Fashion Exhibit.
The Fashion Exhibit was pretty cool. You can get up close to the garments and really appreciate the detailed hand work that went into the garments. Once the designers of the exhibit learned that sewing was in my blood, they were kind enough to show me the details of boning in the corsets, the real horse hair trimming and I also learned that back in the day that silk was sold by the weight.
I loved the trip and plan on going back. Here is the link for anyone who’s in NYC and would like to visit the island. http://govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml