It All Came Together. Sort Of.

The Seersucker Social was Saturday and it was legendary! I will do this every single year they have it! But, I swear — I am *never* sewing last minute again. I was at the sewing machine up until the moment I had to load our bikes. I was actually prepared to sew buttons on the drive.

I did have to bail on the mini skirt. It was so short I felt uncomfortable. Luckily, I was able to swap them out for a pair of breezy linen pants I made last year for China. I bought a hat from ASOS to go with the outfit.

Liz wore an Ebay find dress, with my red Anthrologie ribbon belt knockoff and my black glasses. Her gloves were actually her mother’s and the jewelry her grandmother’s.

I give Lizzie credit. She had a single speed cruiser and has never done city riding before. Talk about trial by fire!

We took a seven mile bike ride through the city, and even had our own music along the way.

After the ride, we headed to Hillwood Mansion for a lawn party.

There was badmitton, croquet and a live band at the lawn party. I have LOADS of photos of the fashions. That will be my next pot.

We couldn’t resist sharing a parasol she had. Umm, do you see how I’m trying to cover a pocket? Yeah… about that.

So, peeps. My vest. I’m sorry to report that while I was able to wear it, it’s a hot damn mess. And, I’m so so so sad. You see, Karen gave me this material after I used all of mine up for an outfit that I can’t even squeeze into anymore (it’s now my mom’s).

But, because I’m not adept at a FBA and was rushed, there are just too many flaws for it to work.

First, the FBA is too big by 1/2 inch. I look saggy boobed because I’m not filling out the top. The vest overall is still big. And the pockets. Oh the pockets! Tecnically gorgeous. Lined up / visually? Wonky as hell.  One is under my left tata and the second riding under my hip. I’m too embarassed to show a photo but you can see how I never let it show in the photos.

So, both the skirt and vest are heading to Goodwill. ASAP.  Hopefully someone five inches shorter with huge tatas will find them.

But, for the day, it was brilliant. Luckily, I think I have enough of the seerusucker to try again! It’s really one of my favorite patterns and I could happily have several.

Check back for more photos this week!


  1. The next vest should be awesome, since you had a couple to practice on. 😉 Loved seeing the pictures.

  2. Wow…does this event look ever like fun…I know there are events sort of like this in the Midwest…not nearly as legendary…ought look them up. You know seersucker is the perfect fabric for humid June not just Washington DC but here in Chicago. I saw a young guy wearing a searsucker suit last week. I did a double take and told him how fabulous he looked.

    • Yup, I agree with Debbie. I didn’t see any flaws, just saw you looking cute! 🙂

  3. Well you might think that vest is terrible but damn girl, from where I am it looks pretty amazing for something you made yourself!! I have dabbled in making my own clothes but that shirt of yours looks very very complicated! Will look forward to seeing your next version! I do love a bit of seersucker.

  4. Why not just take the pockets off and alter the vest? It’s too cute to donate

    • They are welt pockets, so the fabric is cut. And because they are in two different places (off by three inches) even pockets with flaps wouldn’t really help.

  5. That social looks like so much fun! And I think you look fantastic in all of the photos. The vest is super cute. Where did you and Liz get your hats?

      • someone with big bazingas is going to be very happy. my favorite pair of jeans are from the thrift store and I’m pretty sure they’re hand-made (no label and the best construction in jeans I’ve ever seen)

  6. I love the ruffles on the vest! I too think you look fantastic in your outfit. I’m glad you had a good time and I look forward to seeing the fashion photos.

  7. Well, from my vantage point your vest looks to be anything but a ‘hot mess’. Good job covering up the problem areas! The ruffles and overall cut of this is just lovely, and I’m sure your next version will be spot on perfect.

    I’m looking forward to more seer sucker fashion pics.

  8. Well, the vest looks great in the photos, so the next one should be well worth fiddling with! And wow, do you rock the cloche!

  9. You are just too funny! I never heard of a seersucker social but it sure looks like great fun.

  10. It looks like a good time was had by all. It’s a good pattern for you, There may be flaws, but it still looks good on you.

  11. I think the ruffled sleeves are so cute, and they look cool, like they’d catch any passing breeze and bring it to your skin. Perfect for a hot day.

  12. What a fun day and you look great! Who cares about the little flaws. Your outfit was perfect for the day.

  13. 1 – I think you loved fab!
    2 – think of everything you learned from making those mistakes!! You’re a brave woman for trying something new.

  14. The seersucker social looks like it was a really fun event. Both versions of the vest looked so good on you, I hope you make it a third time.

  15. That looked like it was a blast! You looked great in the pics. I’m sure your next go round with the vest will go much better.

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