Thursday, August 28, 2008

Birthday Dress Completed

You all were right, BWOF 05-2008-127 was the right call for my fabric. I did some fit alterations on the flat pattern and probably should have done some more (like shortening the bodice more than the one inch I did), but I'm really happy with it and it has, er, room to grow into. I definitely prefer to have the ties in the front to the back, they look so Laverne and Shirley in the front.

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I'm wearing this to work today with a little silver shrug I got at Charlotte Russe in some mall in the middle of nowhere where Cidell and I met to see Juno. I really like the shrug. It's all lacy looking and also sparkly. Lace and sparkles cannot be beat. The rest of the photos are here, though I haven't edited/posted the construction photos.

I need to do a post on shoes soon. The ones I'm wearing today and in the pic are part of my Fall planning. They're from Naturalizer and reasonably comfortable with my orthotic inserts in them. They are navy blue and were $20 at 6pm.com. Twenty dollars! You can't expect me to have passed them up, especially in the navy color. I can't wear ballet flats because of my accursedly narrow heels but these are cut far out toward the toe like ballet flats and are about as close as I can get.

We are having the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay here in DC today. It's about a mile and a half walk to work; it seems longer in the pouring rain but on the bright side I had the sidewalk to myself. I arrived looking like I had swum there, soaked to the waist. The shoes held up well in the rain--not slippery--though I hope they're not too stiff when they dry. The fabric is a gorgeous polished cotton from Dreyfus in Paris and is drying quite well, no stiffness or water-spotting. With all the rain it's a little cool, but this is my birthday dress and I will wear it today for birthday drinks! Weather appropriate clothing? pfft. I want to be cute.

More posts on birthday goodies to come over the weekend or next week!

22 comments:

kasizzle said...

Happy birthday! I love the print on the dress, and it looks to me like a great pattern choice.

Paula said...

Happy birthday! I love your birthday dress; it looks fabulous on you. You look adorable in your pictures!

Lindsay T said...

This is fabulous! I love your joi de vivre sense of style.

melissa said...

Happy birthday! And as a fellow walking commuter, I feel your pain in the rain. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it and dry your shoes out in the office...

Little Hunting Creek said...

Happy Birthday! Your dress is beautiful! Perfect fabric for that pattern too!

colour by number said...

Happy Birthday! Have a great weekend. You look smashing!

Myra said...

I love that fabric and the dress looks great. Happy Birthday!

Rachelle said...

OMG!

Seriously great dress! I can't figure out if I like the shape of the dress more, or the choice of fabric. Lurve, lurve, lurve!

Houkje said...

Happy Birthday! What a great dress that is, gorgeous flowing fabric, great shape; good choice! I'm sure you wish it was your birthday every day :-)

Dana said...

Great pairing of fabric and pattern.

Happy Birthday!

Claire S. said...

Happy Birthday! I love the dress.

Vicki said...

Happy birthday! And what a lovely birthday dress. It suits you so well - very pretty!

Dana said...

Happy Birthday To You! That dress is fabulous!

Re: Wardrobe Remix I saw that site last year and thought it was so cool - great inspiration. I'm sooo glad you're posting there. Some day, if I feel brave, I may join.

Cotton Picker said...

I like your birthday dress. Many happy returns.

Melissa said...

You did good - so glad you ended up sewing that dress! Happy early Birthday - have a blast on your special day!!!!

cidell said...

It was in the suburbs, not the far reaches of India. And, you liked the movie, got to see me, got a cute shrug all while eating at a chain restaraunt. Wait, did you get rid of the car so I would never make you meet me again???

Lovely dress!fabric is perfect See you Saturday.

Sheri said...

Love the dress, and especially with the silver shrug. So cute!
Like you!

-E said...

Oooooo I feel all happy and smiley when I see that dress :) Enjoy your day!

Karen said...

It's perfect (but you know that). You're making me regret not buying any of that fabric, but you've also shown me that the brown embroidered fabric I did buy at Dreyfus will be absolutely perfect for this dress.

Happy birthday - you look fabulous in the dress. Go out and enjoy yourself.

Sigrid said...

Happy birthday! Enjoy yourself. The dress is gorgeous, and you look fabulous.

Isabelle said...

Joyeux anniversaire, Trena!

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday! I love your dress. Great gift to yourself (I'm thinking you are singing: happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me....:-).
Love the colors and fabric.