September 8, 2012

The too-late-for-my-birthday dress

This was just going to be a simple post to show you my new dress (unfortunately, I once again over-estimated the amount of free time available to me, so I haven't had time to try out the knitting machine yet).
But now, I think I should tell its full story. Because I read Tanit-Isis's latest blog post.
Last Tuesday, 4 September was my 32th birthday. I had sort of thought about doing a nice post about it, but between just returning from holiday and normal life (being rather frustrating with a job opportunity I'd been promised and waiting for failing to materialize) taking over, I ran out of time and spirit. 
Not that it was really a bad birthday, not at all. E was home all day and cooked me a really nice dinner and I received the best wishes from my family. I had planned to wear this dress for that dinner... but I didn't finish it in time. 

It's a fairly simple retro-y dress in black stretch cotton. It has the weight of twill but there are flowers woven in (impossible to photograph properly). The firmness of the fabric made it a perfect candidate for a dress with a slim skirt. 

That skirt has front pockets which stand out a little bit and a single pleat at center back for walking ease. So far, I've always used (often double) box pleats, but this single pleat is a feature I've come across quite a lot in vintage sewing magazines. 

The bodice has short fitted kimono sleeves with under-arm triangles and a wide-ish V neckline at front and back. Of course, I muslined that feature, to make sure it wouldn't slide down from my shoulders. I changed the angle of the shoulder a bit for that reason and it worked really well. Although, as a result, the whole top sits a little higher than usual, which doesn't cause any fitting problems except making the waistline about 1 cm too high (which, fortunately, isn't very noticable, especially with the belt). 

Oh, and there's a side zipper. 
And even if I had finished it in time, I'm not sure I would have worn it for my birthday dinner. The weather here is unexpectedly summer-y this week, so it might have been too warm anyway. 


  1. Happy birthday! The dress is lovely. And of course the fit is fabulous. Many happy returns!

  2. Belated happy birthday! This dress looks fantastic on you. I especially love the neckline and the pockets.

  3. Happy Birthday ! My 32th birthday was the 3 september :) Nice dress anyway :)

  4. Happy birthday! I love your flattering on you. And you have a gorgeous smile in the last picture

  5. Oh, I'm so sorry I missed this---my blog reading has been all over the place! It's lovely (especially that last, sassy picture! ;) ).

    But yes, if you were having summery weather for your birthday, you absolutely have to dress for it. I put on a fun dress on my birthday, but then my husband offered me a motorcycle ride so I had to change into something a bit more practical. Oh, well. It was still a good day, on the balance. :)

  6. Belated happy birthday! I absolutely adore this dress! It looks comfy and chic! I might have to copy this design :)