i’ve been wanting to make a light blue summer dress since i read vi på saltkråkan two summers ago. the oldest daughter wears a light blue dress at one point and while i’m not really sure why i found that so especially inspiring (a blue dress has to be the next most basic thing after a black dress?) it’s been on my to-make list ever since.
i was in gävle in may when i found the perfect blue-striped seersucker fabric – and for only 29 crowns/metre. but it took me a while to find the perfect pattern.
after a false start with a burda pattern – i traced it off and started laying it out only to realise the pattern required 56″ fabric and mine’s an unusually narrow 44″ – i started sketching out some ideas. i wanted an a-line skirt, button placket and extended shoulders or flanges instead of sleeves. not asking for much right? yet it took me the whole summer to find what i was looking for!
simplicity 2018 to the rescue! just what i had in mind, and from 1947 – i love ’40s patterns, the bust sizing always corresponds to my measurements so i don’t have to change much.
this was pretty straightforward to make – or rather, very straightforward. one dart, a couple of pleats at the waist, what more shaping do you need? and isn’t seersucker a dream to work with? so flexible and easy-going.
my favourite detail has to be the hidden button placket.
the inside is basically indistinguishable from the outside at first glance, which is a good thing but has led to me putting it on inside out more than once.
it’s definitely a summer dress but with a bit of luck i can wear it one or two more times before it gets really cold.
finally, i have a light blue dress!