Ahoy! I’d been looking for a sailor-collar dress pattern since last summer–one that’s not too costume-y, not too cutes-y–and when I saw this one a few months ago I said, “Avast! This be the one.”

I used some really nice gray stripe seersucker, the kind they make suits out of in the South, and it turned out OK despite some real struggles with the fit (my own fault–“measure twice, cut once,” anyone?). I haven’t worn it yet; I’m waiting for the day when I feel jaunty and nautical and I’ll wear it and shout “Belay me!” and “Hoist the rigging!”