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 fabric.com 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