Hot! The “Sail Away” Dress

Butterick B5253

FabricSeersucker Cotton
: 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.

The “Sail Away” Dress – Chilling on Governor’s Island

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.

The “Sail Away” Dress at the Cooper Hewitt Exhibit

Empire Historic Arts Fund Fashion Exhibit – Wedding Gown



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. I’m going to be looking for this fabric on the fashion runways. I like the way the dress hangs and the tie in the front. I wish i could have been there at the fashion exhibit. It would have been cool to see all that handiwork close up.

    • Hi Gina, sent you 2 more picks from the Fashion Show. Ithe show will be on dilay until the end of September so I do feel lucky I can go back again. think with the fabric I have left over I can squeeze out a pair shorts, I just love this fabric.

  2. Oh what a lucky break indeed! The color looks great in the sun, very bright. Fab job, Krista!

    • Hi Liz, yes lucky indeed. The more I go to the Fashion District, the more fun it has become. They do get to know your face and I think they get a kick out of the home sewer. I use to get comments like – are trying out for project runway etc. but once I said I was just looking for quality fabric to make something for myself they often point to some pretty fab fabrics.

  3. What an interesting pattern! I love the fabric and the unique way the dress ties together in the front. Looks just right for heat and humidity. Looks like you had a great day at the museum. How nice of the curators to let you look up close at the details of the garmets!

  4. Nice fabric find! Interesting pattern construction on this piece. Is it able to be tied in the back as well or are the ties fixed? It’s a really nice summery outfit!

  5. Oooooh…lucky you getting to visit the Tattered and Torn exhibition! I’ve worked with the curators and seen lots of images, but nothing beats being there. Sigh…

    And great dress. Lovely and easy and summery. Much more than the 1886 wedding gown!

  6. I love that photo of you in the red chair. It all looks so cool and relaxed. Great find with the fabric!

    • Hi Diane, the chairs are great and sprinkled throughout the park for public use. I love the red, it’s a nice pop of color. I’m hoping I can squeeze out a pair of shorts with my leftover fabric. Fingers crossed.

  7. That pattern, especially in that fabric, is so cute on you! Thanks for sending me the extra pics, very cool : )

    • Your Welcome, Loran, I knew with your background you would find it interesting. When I was walking around the exhibition I wondered how much fun it would be if the girls from sew weekly where here :) have a great week and I hope you have a cool sewing project for next week, can’t wait to see.

  8. SO cute.. and looks so cool .. Love it.. Proud you got the fabric before it was gone..Happy sewing.

  9. Thanks Judy, I have really gotten good at having fun shopping for fabric. I sometimes get overwhelmed with the choices and I try hard to buy what I need for a particular pattern. I feel lucky it was still there and was meant to be.

  10. Great job Krista, is your closet bursting at the hinges like mine? This is a great pattern, I do like the way it ties around the front. Nice fabric find.

    • Truthfully, I’ve been donating things store bought out of my closet to “Housing Works”. It’s a second hand thrift shop that supports families, this way I’m making room and feel good that I’m not just tossing things away. I never really had a big wardrobe before, I would get caught up seeing the same patterns that fit. The challenges have really pushed me to try new things. It’s been such a creative outlet, I think even my design work has gotten a boost. That said, but the end of the year I may be in trouble, good thing there are 4 seasons where I live.

      • I too have slowly parted and donated the store-boughts. It does feel good to look in my closet and say 90% handmade.

        You can most certainly see the changes and it’s so exciting to see everyone progressing and really enjoying the process in the meantime. I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t sew I’d be lost that’s for sure.

        Thanks for sending over those images, my god they are a work of art I can’t stop staring at them.

  11. This dress looks great on you and I like the button embellishment at the hem. I wish you could send as a bit of the heat wave you’re having in NYC. We’re having the third rainy summer in a row and it’s way too cold. I don’t get to wear any of my summer dresses. :(

  12. Sending warm thoughts your way! The buttons, well I have to say I borrowed my inspiration from Tempest bowling circle skirt. I think next weeks challenge will be interesting to see, wonder what’s missing from everyone’s closet?

  13. This looks like a perfect summer dress. Seersucker is wonderful for keeping cool, isn’t it? I must say, I’m quite jealous of your exhibit visit. I’d love to get my eye on details like that but, since nothing like that comes here, I’ll continue to live vicariously through my fellow seamstresses :-)

  14. Hi Jennifer, yes, I love seersucker now, in fact I want to make a pair of shorts with the leftover material from this dress. The exhibit is open until the end of September so I hope you have a chance to see in person.

    NYC is fun place to visit ;)