The Hundred Dresses: Day 71

by Erin on August 12, 2013

This dress was an indulgence:

Seersucker Mail Order 4946

It doesn’t really show up against the light background — it’s from this pattern:

It’s an indulgence because I really don’t need a light-colored seersucker dress (especially as cold as it’s been this month!) and things have been so busy that if I’m sewing, it should be sensible things. But I really loved this pattern, and the minute I saw it I knew I wanted to make it in stripes, with the yoke stripes going in the opposite direction from the bodice stripes.

Here’s a better look at the bodice:

Seersucker Mail Order 4946 bodice

And the yoke stitching detail:

Seersucker Mail Order 4946 detail

The pattern wanted to you to turn in the yoke piece 1/4 inch and then topstitch it, but I thought that was a nightmare scenario … so fussy! So I faced the piece with some very very lightweight batiste, and then topstitched the faced piece:

4946 yoke facing

4946 yoke

Here’s the side zip:
Seersucker Mail Order 4946 side zip

And a closeup of the inverted pleats — the pattern wanted me to stitch them down, and I tried it, but it didn’t work with my body type (cough, apple, cough) so I picked out those stitches and let it be open pleats:

Seersucker Mail Order 4946 skirt

And here’s the back:

Seersucker Mail Order 4946 back

I definitely want to make this again … good thing I have lots of striped fabric stockpiled!


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

MAD14kt August 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I L*VE this dress 😉


peppermintpenguin August 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Superb job!

Happy Birthday!!

I’m still waiting to understand The Question, now that I am The Answer. Hasn’t happened yet.


Vicky August 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Happy birthday


Sheila August 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I love seersucker :) Sounds like it’s your special day; have a great birthday.


yy hom August 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm

hi erin,
am a little confused re joining of yoke to bodice: is the yoke a piece that overlays the bodice (ie, bodice layer extends to shoulder seam & armhole), or does it join to the bodice at the scalloped seam? in any case, it looks lovely. maybe the next time you make this dress, you can switch it up w/a solid yoke & printed bodice or vice versa. wishing you a HBD & year of great sewing!


Erin August 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

oh — it’s an overlay. I like the solid yoke idea, too!


Sneza August 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Happy forty-second birthday, I take it!


Erin August 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! :-)


Cel August 13, 2013 at 1:40 am

Seriously wonderful dress–I would never have tried the stripes, and I love stripes–results are striking. Happy BD!


Sian Meikle August 13, 2013 at 2:16 am

Happy birthday Erin! And what a great way to handle the yoke – it was strikingly perfect in the photos. The explanation following was downright heartening hope that it might be possible to reproduce!


Claire August 13, 2013 at 4:25 am

She mentioned Wanaka!!! SHE MENTIONED NZ! SHE MENTIONED NZ!!!!!


Claire August 13, 2013 at 4:26 am

She mentioned Wanaka!!! SHE MENTIONED NZ! SHE MENTIONED NZ!!!!! And happy birthday!


waterbear August 14, 2013 at 1:07 am

Very striking dress with lovely workmanship. What a treat!


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