Monday, April 11, 2011

The 2011 Birthday Dress - Part 1

There are a few bloggers (Trena and Melissa come to mind immediately, but I'm sure they aren't the only ones) who always make themselves something fabulous for their birthday. I've wanted to copy this idea for a few years. A couple of years ago, I failed miserably at making this BWOF dress. Last year, I thought of it, but just didn't get around to it. But this year? This year *will* be the year, dear Readers. A birthday dress *will* be made this year.

The dress needs to be ready by Saturday evening, since that's the big birthday drinking day (my actual birthday is on a week day, but a majority of my friends are incredibly lame about going out on weeknights, so the weekend it will be.)

Originally, I wanted to knock off the Lanvin dress that Helen Mirren is wearing here. I even went out to Toronto's Fashion District and bought some gorgeous blue knit fabric. But then, I started wondering - would this dress flatter me? Did I have enough time to make this dress, since I'd have to franken-pattern it? And so, I mentally went to Plan B.

Plan B is BWOF 09-2010-122.

I cut everything out last night, and constructed some of the skirt. Hopefully, tonight, I'll be able to finish it off. I'm going out Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, so I really only have 2 evenings to get this done.


Clio said...

I LOVE this dress and can not wait to see how you sew it up. What a great B-day gift to yourself!

AllisonC said...

You are obviously not afraid of going out weeknights!! I have a Saturday dress deadline too so I will think of you while I am beavering away. I love the pattern you have picked, good luck!

Summerset said...

You're right - the original idea would have been a Frankenpattern at best, plus some self-drafting. I've got a list on my desk of possible candidates, but no dead matches. The post will be out tomorrow.

Carolyn said...

Oooh, this is a stunning pattern. I've admired this one too. Looks demurely va-va voom, if that makes any sense.
Happy birthday, and I hope you have fun on your night(s) out!