Friends. I WANT this.
It’s the Seaside Dress over at Brooklyn Industries. It’s kind of hard to tell from the photos, but the bulk of the dress is made from lightweight cotton shirting in a teeny tiny red and white stripe. The (front and back) yoke is ivory lace. It’s the perfect summer dress!
Here’s what I’m wondering: could I make this myself (and spend less than $78 while I’m at it)?? I’m trying to be a maker rather than a purchaser, so why not try to curb an impulse to spend by making something instead?
But, how do I make this happen?? My first thought was of this pattern, the Jersey dress with drawstring waist:
I like the front waist/belt in this design, and the pattern wouldn’t require many changes to look like the Seaside Dress– there’s already a separate upper yoke, light gathers at the waist, and button closure. I could alter the pattern so the button placket is on the back rather than the front (that’s possible, right?), and I would just be careful that I can get into and out of the dress since I wouldn’t be using jersey. However, I’m sorta drawn to the idea of a more tailored version of this dress, so then I thought of the Angela Kane pinafore:
This could be a cute variation on the Seaside Dress– I could easily draft an upper yoke for this pattern and omit the back patch pockets. I might leave the front pockets, although I think I would prefer invisible side pockets. Now I can’t decide which of the two dress styles would be cuter! Any thoughts?
This is so exciting! But I gotta confess… I kinda sorta still… just really want that dress. Eek!!