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…
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.
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.
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!
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!