Summer Seaside Dress

Hi, everyone! It’s finally summer here in NYC, so for my June project, I wanted to make a dress fit for a vacation (even though I don’t have any trips planned, boo). I feel like I’m ready to sail away on a yacht in this dress! Well, maybe a dinghy… not sure if I’m quite posh enough for a yacht…

cotton silk dress

I picked out a lovely cotton voile from Mood Fabrics to keep the dress light and floaty on sticky days. Originally, I wanted a lighter color, but when I laid eyes on this blue, I was hooked (here’s a similar color in a cotton/silk blend.. yum!)! It has a lovely sheen, and I like the classic pairing of navy and cream. I chose a shirting cotton for the contrasting collar and sleeves (and here’s a similar fabric, also a cotton/silk blend). It’s a bit more crisp and opaque than the voile, which is just what I wanted.

cotton silk dress

I really loved working with voile– it’s easy to sew and press, and just feels so breathable and lovely. Because the bodice is cut on the bias, I used a longer stitch length (3mm) and placed strips of paper under the seams while I stitched. The longer stitches keep your seams from popping when the bias relaxes, and the paper kept things from getting messy under the presser foot.

cotton silk dress

The bodice is self-lined, and the skirt is lined with bemberg rayon. I used a narrow rolled hem, which worked well, but man, does that take forever! I’ve never worn or made a skirt this full before… well, not since elementary school! It’s really a change of pace for me, but I do like it. But girls– do you get used to feeling, um, insecure on a breezy day? It was just a little breezy when I wore this the first time, and I felt like I was seconds from a Marilyn moment the whole time!

cotton silk dress

The pattern is Deer & Doe’s Reglisse dress. I really like this style, although I’m verging on the twee (if I haven’t crossed that line completely). If I could change anything, though, it would be to find a way to make this without an elasticized waist. The dress pulls over your head, so it’s really easy-wearing, but I hate how elastic waists look and feel so I’ll always be wearing this with a belt on top.

Alright, I’m off on my imaginary seaside vacation! Just give me one quick minute to load up on Dramamine and we’ll heave anchor!

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Comments


  • crystalpleats
    June 26, 2013

    I think it looks great on you, and I love the black and white combo. I don’t love elastic waists either, but I think they are an advantage when you do plan on wearing a belt with the garment as everything is already cinched in evenly.

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Thanks, Crystal! You make a good point– belts definitely sit better over an elastic waist.

  • Peter
    June 26, 2013

    Twee Schmee — it’s charming!

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Thank you, Peter! You’re too kind!

  • puu
    June 26, 2013

    definitely ready for a yacht, ginger! no dinghy for you!

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Teeheehee! Thanks, Puu!

  • Seattlerain
    June 26, 2013

    What a fun dress! Grab some nautical themed fabric and do another!

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Oooooh… anchors would be awfully fun! Or whales, if I could find some! Great idea!

  • Lauren
    June 26, 2013

    SOOOO CUTE. Not to twee at all! Navy and cream is such a classic pairing, you will look right at home on that aforementioned yacht ;) Or, as my sister would say, yah-chet hahaha.

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Yes! Yah-chet! I love it.

  • Rachel In Red
    June 26, 2013

    that is a lovely dress, a classic combination of navy and white is certainly yacht worthy! Not a fan of elasticated waists either, but with the belt it’s really lovely.

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Thanks, Rachel! :D

  • Kimbersew
    June 26, 2013

    Lovely! and far too classy to be twee. (A pair of boy-shorts undies goes a long way for me in those situations.)

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Good call! :D

  • ThisisCarrie
    June 26, 2013

    Love the nautical feel of this dress especially pairing with the rope belt. Although I am feeling a little uneasy with all this elastic waist negativity going on since my next Mood Sewing project (which is sitting on the sewing machine right now) has an elastic waist that I’m not planning on covering with a belt! But I might have to rethink it so I don’t get kicked out of town. ;)

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Hahaha, don’t worry– it’s just a personal preference! For some reason they feel lumpy and restrictive to me. I’m thinking that maybe I’ll go back and sew channels for narrower elastic– that might be more comfortable than 1.25″ elastic.

  • Becky
    June 26, 2013

    I love how you went black and white instead of the typical nautical navy and white. I’ve been wondering about that skirt, too–the Reglisse is most certainly in my queue for the summer, and I am a bit concerned about the length/fullness of that skirt on a breezy day! So if you come up with a good solution, let us know!

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      I think that using something with a little more weight would make this more secure– linen, chambray, shirting cotton. Also, it’s pretty short– mine is hemmed with a really tiny rolled hem, and it hits well above my knee, so you may wanna lengthen it a tad if that bugs you (I’m 5’6″ for reference).

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 26, 2013

    Well, I think you belong on a yacht in that cute dress – I hope a summer vacation comes your way! Great fit and great job on the contrast :)

    • Ginger
      June 26, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah! I’m hoping to squeeze a little trip in between gigs in August. :)

  • Lori
    June 27, 2013

    Ginger, this dress is fabulous. I love the fabrics and the contrast and the pattern, too. You look great, so go plan a little vacation!

    • Ginger
      June 27, 2013

      Thanks, Lori!

  • ShanniLoves
    June 27, 2013

    You look so dang cute! Love the color combo. Now if you’ll excuse me a minute I’ll go load up on Dramamine myself and sail away with you!

    • Ginger
      June 27, 2013

      Yes! Come with me! We’d better pack the pugs, too. :D

  • Carolyn
    June 27, 2013

    This is so cute and definitely yachting colors. And you will have to learn the hand held on your skirt move to avoid future Marilyn Moments. Great job!

    • Ginger
      June 27, 2013

      Haha, yes– I need to remember to keep a hand at the ready! :D Hope you’re back to sewing!

  • Diana
    July 1, 2013

    You look cute as a button (hope you like cute) in this pretty dress. I’m a big fan of navy and white but navy and cream, now that’s classy!

    • Ginger
      July 8, 2013

      Thanks, Diana! It’s one of my favorite combos– white washes me out a lot, so I always reach for cream instead!