Hot! The “My Birthday” Dress

McCall’s M6503

Fabric: Batiste Cotton and Poly Silk Lining
: McCall’s M6503
Notions: Thread & White Snake Skin Buttons from Stash
Time to Complete: 9 Hours
First worn: Bow Bridge in Central Park
Wear again? Yes
Total Price: $16.99 – $14 for Fabric & $2.99 for Pattern

It’s July 4th Weekend and everyone is gearing up for the fireworks! When I was kid, my mom told me the fireworks were my birthday celebration, even though my birthday is on July 2, hence the name of the dress.

Snake Buttons Detail

I celebrated by sewing this white dress. The detail, I fell in love with is the ruffle on the front. I was viewing uTube video’s on shaping light weight lace and one of the tips they gave for working with light fabric was to starch first. So for the ruffle I did that and then serged the edges for a nice finish. The snake skin textured buttons I picked up at Mood Fabrics last year.  The fabric is super light – I took poly satin and put the matte side facing out to use as a lining of the skirt to keep the matte feel. Then serged the edges of the dress and lining to keep the edges soft . The waistband is interfaced and self lined with the batiste cotton which I thought might not be strong enough with the weight of the lining but so far so good.
For our photo shoot, we went to Central Park and shoot on Bow Bridge. It has been used in countless movies: The Way We Were, Autumn in New York, When in Rome, and Made of Honor, to name a few.

The “My Birthday” Dress – Bow Bridge Front View


















The “My Birthday” Dress – Bow Bridge Side View

It was such a beautiful day. We walked through the park and took more pictures.

The “My Birthday” Dress – Front View

The “My Birthday” Dress – Beautiful Ruffle

The “My Birthday” Devilish Dress




Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. Oh wow Krista, seeing this dress was worth the wait (I’ve been checking the website repeatedly all week since you said about it). That dress is gorgeous, so perfect for a New York hot and sticky summer….it looks a million dollars. Love that ruffle and the advice on starching. You are such a whizz with that serger now. And love the shoes! Central Park is so wonderful, I’m always amazed that in a city where they sell the rights to the air above buildings so much gorgeous green hasn’t been built upon but kept for the people….mind you, I’m convinced that this happens there all the time: (please don’t spoil my happy delusions).

    • Thanks Tempest, not quite sure why the button shoot is the feature picture I had the bow bridge one. You right about green space, we have a lot of parks including the big one – Central Park. Places in the park almost seem like your in the country. Ironically the clip you sent is very funny because I worked with Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian. I’m glad you like the dress. I can’t wait to read your post mostly because I just love your style and the fun you have with sewing. Have a great weekend.

      My the way, the other week my friend Carrol and I went to the Met Museum and we saw a great 7 person du wop band perform in Central Park, so yes things like this happen all the time, there is never a dull moment.;)

  2. This is so pretty, and looks great on you. Happy sewing.

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! The dress looks incredible! It’s a gorgeous summer dress!

  4. Awwwww….it’s so pretty! You look lovely in it. Happy belated birthday!

  5. Thank you Leimomi for the birthday wishes. Glad you like the dress.

  6. You know-this is not a pattern I would buy for myself but it looks so pretty on you I may have to. I’m due for a pretty dress like this. I haven’t made one since the art challenge. I love it and it looks so effortless in white.

    • Thank you so much, i still want to some day try to mimic your The “Beauty from Ashes ” Dress, its one of my favorites that you created, the lining of the sleeves were spectacular.

      • I forgot about that dress! I guess maybe I don’t consider it girly enough like the art dress. I’m glad you liked it-

  7. Happy Birthday Krista! Lovely dress, lovely photos – Central Park – definitely would love to visit it one day!. Love your shoes and the hair flowers – you must have made them?!

  8. Hi Trish, well if you ever come to NYC, i’d be happy to show you around. The pink roses, i got a tutorial from “Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing”, it shows how to do it with paper, for mine i use pink chiffon, hot glue, felt and a metal ring so i could bobbi pin it to my head. Here is the link… and thank you for the birthday wishes.

  9. I recognize that pattern. I made a version of that earlier this year. It is a very cute dress and yours is very pretty in white. You look so beautiful out and about in NYC . Love the shoes too. Happy late birthday!

    • Hi Barbara, yes I remember. I love this pattern it was a very cool construction, I get such a kick out of the ruffle. It was perfect timing because the weather has been so hot. The shoes, my friend Carmen picked out for me, I’m not one for heels, move then 2 inches is just to much for the city streets. But I was pleasantly surprise that wedges are really comfortable.

  10. that dress is perfect on you–well done! i love a ruffle myself.

    • Thanks Liz, I’m thinking my next version will be a flower fabric and maybe I’ll do the ruffle in a sheer chiffon. Who knows when I’ll get to make the next version. I’m barely keeping up with the weekly challenges.

  11. Happy birthday! I think this is my favorite dress of yours so far. It looks fantastic on you.

    • Thank you Sharon, I’m pretty smitten with the dress and boy is it cool to wear in this ridiculous heat wave we’re having.

  12. Happy late birthay,Krista! This dress looks wonderful. I am a big fan of ruffles myself. The girlier the better. ;) The bridge is beautiful – I remember seeing it in a lot of movies. Will definitely have to see it if I ever make it to NYC.

  13. Hi Djamila, Thank you for the birthday wishes. I’ve become a fan of ruffles with this dress. When I made the Skyscaraper dress, the flounce was so fun I thought ruffles would be cool to try. Yes, that bridge has been in quite a few movies. Did you see the link Tempest sent me above, it’s pretty halarious. Have a great week and Happy Sewing!

    • Ha! I hadn’t checked out the link but that’s exactly the first movie that came to my mind when I saw your photos of the bridge. I just couldn’t remember the name. I love that movie. And I think I’ll need to make a version of the princess’ dress. ;)

      • Oh, would that be for the reality check challenge? I was pondering ideas, I recently started biking to work, so maybe an outfit for bicycling would e the ticket. There’s so many things missing from my wardrobe but these sew weekly challenges are sure fitting the bill.

      • For the reality challenge! rofl – That’s a good one, Krista. :)

  14. Happy Birthday beautiful lady in the perfect white princess dress and magnificent photos. Sorry it’s late. Hip Hip Hooray!

    • Thanks Kazz, I had an amazing birthday and it included lots of sewing. You can’t go wrong with photo in Central Park, did you check out the clip Tempest sent me, hilarious.

  15. Krista, you are hot to trot! My Lord, you look fabulous. The camera loves you. This dress is so beautiful, it looks so great on your figure. Happy, happy birthday!

    • Hi Bethany, I have two people to thanks or the great photos, first my husband for taking awesome shots and second, my best friend Carmen who helped with the poses, without them I’m not so photogenic. And thank you for the birthday wishes.

  16. Happy Birthday! This is just a gorgeous style of dress! Love it!

    • Hi Veronica, I still check out you blog, love the t-shirt pop dress, what a cute baby bump! I miss your weekly post but it’s so exciting to see your family grow. Thank you for the birthday wishes and take care of yourself.

  17. Best wishes :) Your birthday dress is so beautiful! I totally want one like yours :D You look really gorgeous :):)

    • Hi Yeshka, thank you for the birthday wishes. This dress will be packed for the next vacation, it’s perfect for hot weather. Totally go for it, it’s a very stylish, easy to wear dress.

  18. How pretty! This dress I think is my favorite of yours so far. It’s sooo fresh and airy I love it. Happy Birthday!

  19. Happy belated Birthday! This on is such a keeper!

  20. What a fabulous dress! Love the ruffle so much, and it’s lovely in that crisp white fabric. Happy belated birthday!

  21. Thanks Meg! It’s all in the starch for a crisp ruffle, cause the batiste cotton is super light weight.

  22. I love the dress. I may try to make one myself… It fits you so well and looks so cool… keep up all the good work, I enjoy it so much…