The “backyard birthday” dress

The Facts
Fabric: Thrifted cotton, $2; linen blend remnant, $3
Pattern: Simplicity 2360
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Elastic, 10 cents
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: Around the house over the weekend
Wear again? Yes.
                                         Total price: about $10

This dress hasn’t been sitting unfinished very long. I made it for last week’s “down under” theme, and it’s my favorite kind of summer dress: crisp and easy.

The bodice has a fun lining, too, which was the only tricky part of putting it together.

I took photos and everything, and was all set to submit a post — but the dress just wasn’t done. It didn’t look quite done and it definitely didn’t feel done; There wasn’t a sash yet, and the hem needed adjusting.
So I held off and finished it up this week.
And I’m glad I did, because otherwise, I might never have come back to it at all. Bad habit.
I bought the fabric a couple of months ago and scolded myself right after. I think stripes are great, but these seemed kind of overwhelming and impractical. Then I thought of this pattern – I like that the side bodice pieces let me break things up a bit. I think it’s just enough.
I had wanted to finish this dress in time for my daughter’s recent birthday party. Didn’t make it. But there’s always next year, right?

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Jennifer T.

Jenn Torres lives right in the middle of California. Sewing is one of the things she's trying to get better at.

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  1. Love the sideways stripes on the bodice. Well done!

  2. Fun with stripes – great work!

  3. Love, love, love! The stripes and the cut of the bodice are really flattering and I love the lining fabric. Beautifully done!

    • Thank you! This is the second time I’ve used this pattern. I really like the bodice a lot, though I don’t love the skirt. I’ve never combined pieces from different patterns before, but maybe I should try it.

  4. Stripetastic! The sash is the cherry on top.

  5. I absolutely love it, Jennifer! The way you arranged the stripes on the bodice is just fabulous. Well done!

  6. The way the stripes frame looks great. I forget that red enhances brown beautifully. Thank you for the reminder.

  7. Oh, this is one of my FAVORITE patterns. I love your striped version and that red bow is so nifty.

  8. What a perfect necklace to complete the look. Very nice.

  9. So pretty! I love the stripes in the various directions. It’s very flattering. Great job!

  10. Love the play on stripes, well done.

  11. love the way you used those stripes. I’ve just realised i have that pattern and didn’t even recognise it in your version. (I made a blouse using the ruffled version) So many options… I’m going to have to drag this one out again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Love the way you’ve worked the stripes! Too. Freaking. Cool!

  13. Really pretty, I like how you have used the stripes in both directions.

  14. Love the dress, the stripes & red sash! This nice wide stripe is the exact thing I’m searching for, but have yet to find.

  15. Pat yourself on the back, girl! I would have just avoided stripes liek I did buttonholes (for years). This looks like it could be on the hanger at Anthropologie. I love it!

  16. Your stripe matching is immaculate. I adore the look of the bodice and that red sash is just perfect! Well done!