Today is my birthday.
I've had a wonderful pre-birthday weekend and a very special and relaxing day. And I've been happy to have a great dress to wear for my festivities.
"Love Bliss Bouquet" - how could you go wrong with a name like that?!
When I first started getting back into sewing my own clothes in April, I really had a craving for a mint green and pink dress with a sort of shabby-chic 90s feel, but also updated for today. I've seen some prints in RTW clothes that were perfect, but it took about a month of hunting around for the perfect fabric and it was backordered for a while too - so it wasn't until late May that I finally placed my order at fabric.com.
I thought at first that I would make the Cambie pattern with it, but I kept resisting cutting into it - I wanted a fun summer dress, but the Cambie felt a little too formal and I thought this fabric might be too unironically 1990s style with the Cambie, so I sort of waited and put off cutting it. Then I scored Vogue 2429 from 2000 at Goodwill for 99 cents.
I sewed a muslin of the pattern from navy gingham and I fell in love. I knew it was perfect for a summer dress for my birthday. I had one deadline for this summer, which was to make this lovely fabric into a dress to wear for my birthday.
The fit is the same as the muslin. I faded between two sizes and made the skirt as wide as my fabric permitted, then gathered it. (The gingham is pleated, instead.) I originally made the same bow that is the detail on the gingham one, but it looks overly busy and awkward with this floral print, so I decided to add some decorative buttons, instead.
They are Czech glass frosted pink glass buttons with hexagrams on them. I think they are well-suited to the dress & give some detailing around the bust gathers in a better way than the bow, for this print.
I wore my dress on Saturday when I was up in Portland and again today. We had a lot of fun in Portland - went to a fantastic store called the Knittin' Kitten. I can't recommend it enough for any sewist or crafty person who finds him or herself in PDX. It's a thrift/vintage store of all craft supplies.
It warrants its own blog entry and will be getting one within the week, but the short review is: go there, you will love it! I am wary to share good thrifting locations with just anyone, but I will happily share this store with everyone because it's amazing and I want to support its existence with lots of business.
I'm beaming from ear to ear because I just bought so many awesome things for such great prices!
Not too much new to say about the pattern - this one I did with an invisible zip that was actually invisible. That made me happy after my Emery muslin debacle.
I'm also happy with the pattern matching on the back bodice. I expended a bit of extra effort on pattern placement for this large print and I think it turned out well.
After visiting Knittin' Kitten, we went to one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants for lunch, Pho Van.
And as a parting shot, here's a couple of reverse pictures - I lined it with the super-soft floral rayon from my babydoll dress. I love the contrasting florals & the softness of the rayon against my skin is very nice for a summer dress.