Seersucker Sweetness with McCall’s 7889

Handmade Seersucker Dress |

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Handmade Seersucker Dress |

This year has been chock full of milestones for our little family. Back in April, we set about purchasing our very first house, and then Zach graduated from law school in early May. Due to the timing, we felt it only appropriate that we host a joint housewarming/graduation party, and the gathering, of course, had to be Kentucky Derby themed. Now, any good Southerner knows that a Derby party requires seersucker attire, and I unfortunately found myself fresh out of seersucker. That meant this slightly crazed new homeowner had to take a little trip to Joann, unpack the ole Brother machine, and clear out her new sewing room enough to whip up a brand spankin’ new dress for the occasion.

Seersucker Sweetness with McCall's 7889 | Kettle + ClothSeersucker Sweetness with McCall's 7889 | Kettle + Cloth

For a summery, lightweight piece that could be dressed up or down, I chose McCall’s 7889. I love the way the yokes and sleeve and skirt bands lend themselves to switching up the pattern directions with a striped fabric. And this cotton seersucker was an absolute dream to cut and sew as well as to wear. I came straight from Zach’s graduation wearing it, prepared food for our party guests, and then wore it the rest of the night. It was so comfy—I’m talking secret pajamas-level comfy.


I’m already working on an office-perfect top in another cotton, and I look forward to whipping up an additional dress or two using this pattern. I think next time I’ll keep it sleeveless for layering, and I may even get creative and add pockets to the side seams.

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