Striped Summer BBQ Dress

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Good morning, Mood Fabrics! As you read this, I am probably in a blissful food stupor somewhere in eastern Georgia. My husband and I are staying on his uncle’s farm this weekend, celebrating that wonderful man’s sixtieth birthday with family, friends, and obscene amounts of barbeque. As this is a special occasion, I needed a party dress! Mood was, as ever, full of gorgeous fabrics up to the task.

Marc Jacobs Striped Shirt Dress - Mood Fabrics Cotton Shirting - Idle Fancy-8293

Once I saw this apple-and-ecru striped cotton from Marc Jacobs, I was in love. Does anything say summer quite as much as bold red stripes? A striped cotton dress is the ultimate in chic BBQ attire, which sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but this is the south. We tend to like dressing up, just as much as eating food outside. Even better this cotton has the crisp hand and weight of cotton poplin, which meant it could go unlined for a true summer-appropriate frock. I don’t know about y’all, but I try to wear as few layers as possible, when the summer sun starts blazing. Unlined, breezy cotton dresses are my summer uniform.

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For this dress, I wanted to take advantage of these fabulous, wide stripes. I opted to pair the simple darted bodice of Simplicity 1873 with a wide pleated dirndl skirt, so the vertical stripes would take center stage. When using a busy or bold fabric, simple silhouettes can really keep you from getting lost among the pattern. For the skirt, I also decided to focus the pleats toward the side seams, to give  it a swingy shape.

The only true hurdle in this dress was stripe matching. Wide stripes are easier to match than pin stripes, but they still make cutting out an adventure. I ended up getting a little match-happy, choosing to align the bodice to the skirt, the front to the back, and the side seams. It’s kind of silly when the skirt is going to be pleated anyhow, but look at how awesome those continuous stripes turned out! I am heartily patting myself on the back for this one.

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In the end, this really is the perfect summer party dress. It’s light on the body, but still stands up to the heat and humidity. Plus, let’s be honest, bold stripes are a blast to wear. There’s no getting lost in a crowd, with this dress! In the spring, it will be so cute with a little navy cardigan and coordinated belt, as well. I am so looking forward to celebrating (and eating!) in this little piece.

Marc Jacobs Striped Shirt Dress - Mood Fabrics Cotton Shirting - Idle Fancy-8265

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Comments


  • Debbie Iles
    June 29, 2014

    So this is just divine!!! I love stripes and you have used them perfectly. I recognise that fabric. It’s one that made me ooh aah but never quite made it to my cart. This might have to change ;-)

    • Mary Danielson
      June 30, 2014

      Thank you so much, Debbie! You should definitely give in to the fabric temptation. I have just enough left of this piece to make a summery blouse soon. My wardrobe is going to be awash in stripes!

  • Honora
    June 29, 2014

    Adorable!

  • Ginger
    June 29, 2014

    This is SO CUTE!!!!!!!! I love it on you!!!!!

    • Mary Danielson
      June 30, 2014

      Thanks, lady!! I was worried about how the stripes would look on me, but now I want to wear nothing but stripes, after this dress.

  • Fiona
    June 29, 2014

    You look fabulous in stripes, especially when they are red! That stripe matching is perfection and I love how it looks as binding too. I hope you enjoyed wearing it this weekend!

    • Mary Danielson
      June 30, 2014

      Thank you so much, Fiona! I had such a blast wearing this dress. These stripes were so perfectly festive!

  • Amanda S.
    June 29, 2014

    Super cute!

  • ME Pendleton
    June 29, 2014

    This dress is so adorable on you . I love the stripes & the way you aligned them . Great job !!!

  • Robyn
    June 30, 2014

    Wow, this one is a stunner for sure! Lovely work! :D

  • Peter
    June 30, 2014

    Love that striped fabric and the dress looks elegant and crisp. Great job handling the stripes too!

    • Mary Danielson
      June 30, 2014

      Thank you so much, Peter! I was really impressed with how this fabric held up, over the course of the evening, as well. It holds its shape beautifully, even in the humid southern summer.

  • Lori
    June 30, 2014

    Oh, I love this dress, the stripe matching is superb. Fabulous job and enjoy the birthday party in your statement dress.

    • Mary Danielson
      June 30, 2014

      Thank you, Lori! I had a wonderful time at the party and the dress was so much fun to wear.

  • DebB
    June 30, 2014

    Fabulous job on those stripes! That dress is perfect on you .

  • anne jewell
    June 30, 2014

    let us all praise cotton dresses!–anne

    • Mary Danielson
      June 30, 2014

      Amen, Anne! They are the very best summer staples.

  • Cennetta
    June 30, 2014

    Chic BBQ dress? Lady you are ready for any outdoor party. You look fabulous. A statement dress without the fuss, splendid.

    • Mary Danielson
      June 30, 2014

      Thank you, Cennetta! This striped number may become my go-to outdoor event dress, after this weekend. It was such a blast to wear!

  • Rose Britton
    June 30, 2014

    Thank you for telling what patterns you combined — and the bias tape at neck and arm holes is so very fitting (bad word choice — it looks perfect is what I shoulda-said.)

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 1, 2014

    What great fabric and you did a fabulous job matching those stripes! I bet you wear this dress all of the time :)

  • oonaballoona
    July 1, 2014

    you look good enough to eat (and eat IN!). that probably sounds a little risque. ah well. i love the southern way of Always Being Dressed.

  • devra
    July 1, 2014

    simplicity `1873 is my go-to as well! love what you did with the fabric – simple and classic for a great result.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 2, 2014

    This is a wonderfully wearable statement dress. The red stripes make it an instant classic. Even though it’s winter in Australia I’m itching to sew a summer dress!

  • Beth Conkwright
    July 3, 2014

    Love it.