Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Its Still A December to Remember

I know I have said I don't make a big deal of my birthdays anymore.  And I don't in the real world, but in my sewing world, I need every and any excuse to sew, so a birthday is as good as any reason to sew more things! :-)  Having said that, I decided I needed to make my collection for my birthday.  I didn't finish all the items by my self-imposed deadline, but as previous posts indicate, I did finish the other items.  The final piece was my houndstooth coat. In the midst of all of this, I made a shirt for my daughter, stopped for Thanksgiving and this past weekend attended a sorority event in Atlanta. 

My daughter's mother in law to be is a member of the same sorority I'm in and they were hosting their annual Christmas Gala.  I, of course could not pass up an opportunity to dress up (which of course means make something new to wear!).  This was probably the easiest "formal" dress I have ever made and I loved the final result.  I actually purchased this pattern at least two years ago and intended to make it and wear to an annual function.  But, time ran out and I just wore something I had in my closet that I had ordered and never worn.  The fabric was all cut out and I just put it in a bag and there it sat for two years!  So, I decided this was the time to put it together.  I'm certain this pattern is out of print by now.
 It's Butterick 5418. I really wanted an emerald green fabric similar to the one on the pattern but I didn't find it.  So I selected a dark blue rather than the traditional black.  Of course, it photographs black. 

 The Dress came together incredibly fast and easy.  That's always a good sign.  It was comfortable and a bit sexy.  All the things I think you covet in a formal wear dress. I do plan to make this dress again in red (of course my favorite color) or emerald green if I ever find such a color in the right fabric.  And here are the shoes and this darling little back that I found on a whim.


And since my daughter was supposed to be an equal contributor to this blog (looking and waiting!), here is a photo of the two of us at the Gala this weekend.  She also made her dress! She's a lovely girl.

So here is what the coat looked liked on December 3rd.
 And here is what it looked like on December 10th.  As I mentioned before, last year's birthday was also about Houndstooth - (obsessed a little you think?). So here I am fooling around with the dress and the coat.  My daughter told me no, but I actually like it and after saying so on the PR website someone agreed and suggested wearing them with a pop of color, like (wait for it) RED!  Well, that couldn't be a better idea, as far as I'm concerned.  I might just do it! I LOVE the coat.  I love how it feels and how it looks.  I'm very pleased with the final result.

So, now I'm done with the Birthday collection.  On to other obsessions! My youngest has put in her request for Christmas attire, so I guess that's next up!  I do love that I don't have to visit the mall or any other stores (other than fabric of course) to accomplish my shopping goals. Next item - an organza-like blouse for the younger version!


  1. You are both lovely! Beautiful dresses, indeed!

  2. Hi Barbara!
    Just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog/One Lovely Blogger Award http://goodbyevalentino.com/2012/12/12/thanks-cherry-pix/

    1. Oh my goodness! Really? That is so incredible! I've never been monimated for anything. I feel so special. This is so much fun!


  3. Beautiful dresses and cute coat!!! I went to a gala on saturday too. I told my husband that I'm going to make my dress next year. I have lots to learn

  4. enjoying your pix and your commentary, thanks for the inspiration. my b-day is coming up and i think having a week of new outfits is a very excellent goal. i'll be prowling the aisles looking for fab fabrics but i don't think i can match your beautiful gala attire. great buckle! great shoes! wonderful dress!