This past Friday was my birthday. Another year I get to enjoy people thinking I am in my 20′s but really being in my 30′s. I did exactly as I had plan; take the day off, have dinner with my friends and then dance.
As one of the many treats I gave myself, I made myself a birthday dress. The pattern I used for my dress was Pattern Runway’s Easy Kimono Dress. It was simple to put together, which is how I managed to sew it in a day. It is not completely finished, I did skip understitching the neckline and hemming up 3- 1/8. But I did understitch the armhole and made the hem 3/8.
I do plan to make the dress shorter by the 3-1/8 inches like in the pattern directions . I would also like to do some hand sewing to keep the facing from falling out. The facing kept popping out all night. Which was a pain, since the dress was fairly comfortable to wear.
The pattern did not come in my size. So, I grade the dress up a size from a Large. I want to say it was 1/4 or 1/2 at the side seams. I sewed up a quick mock-up on the night before my birthday and realized that the skirt was too tight and that I want to make the bodice a little longer. I added about 2-1/4 inches to the the side seams from my hips down and then an inch in the bodice to give it more length.
I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I saw it and I knew what kind of dress it should be. I searched high and low and finally came across Pattern Runway. I purchased the pattern even though it was not in my size. I figured I could make some adjustments to get it to fit. I really do love this dress and have plans to make another. I just wish the facing would behave and it seems that my fabric is fraying where the needle pierced into them seams. So it looks like this dress will be treated with delicate care. Does anyone know how I can keep it from doing so? The problem is not the raw edge, that was serged.
Oh, look who showed up at my birthday dinner wearing a knit version of my dress. I am still giving you the side eye, Susan.
Isn’t that awesome? One of my friends got me a jar of buttons. What a cool gift with some really cool buttons in there. I don’t have much of a button collections and I was not very happy with the one I had on hand for my dress, but now I am all set. Most of my gifts were awesome sewing related gifts (and food), which is perfect. I have more gifts to share with everyone once they all arrive.
I had a blast on my birthday, like I said, great friends, good food, dancing and Oonaballoona. Oh wait, I did not mention that did I? No, Oona was not there physically but she was there in spirit or movie/tv form. The bar I was at happened to be playing Death Proof on the tv. It seems pretty fitting that I would see her at a bar. What a great birthday.
P.S. I hope everyone is safe on the east coast.