Hot! The “Birthday” Dress

This pattern was started for a previous challenge (I have forgotten which).  But I did not get any further than cutting the pieces and then I lost interest – probably because another dress demanded it!

I like to make myself a birthday dress each year, and with time running out, I decided to give myself a break and head-start.  Because everything was cut, I saved myself quite a bit of time.  And there was absolutely no angst about choosing a fabric and pattern – everything was already done for me.

Which brings me to the fabric.  I fell in love with the geometric design on as soon as I saw it.  It is a bit out of my comfort zone, but the colors were too pretty to pass up.  But then there was the issue of what to do with it.  I wanted something long to make the most of the linear pattern.

And then I remembered Simplicity 5876.

I attended the Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance exhibition at the DeYoung Museum on my birthday and thought it would be the perfect dress for the occasion.  A stranger even asked if I was a dancer!  Ha-ha – my ridiculous posture has its perks!


• The Facts

⁃ Fabric:  Rayon Challis

⁃ Pattern:  Simplicity 5876

⁃ Year: 2002 (1930s vintage repro?)

⁃ Notions:  Seam Binding; 12” zipper; buttons

⁃ Time to complete:  3-4 days

⁃ First worn:  December 28, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Yes!

⁃ Total price:   ~ $30.00


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.

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  1. Lovely, Laura Mae! It’s always fun to see what you do each week. Your dresses are so well made and fit you so nicely. This one is no exception, it’s very mod and bold. It’s different than what you usually make, and is a little on the edgy side! Wow, you can pull off anything….I’m impressed. It’s been so much fun participating in this sewing social along with you. Happy New Year!