Happy 36th birthday to me!!!
I always think that I sew myself a new birthday dress every year… but searching my blog, it seems like I’ve only specifically done it a few times. And the theme is definitely ITY maxi dresses in bold prints!
Since this dress fits that brief nicely, I’m going to consider it a birthday dress, even though it’s actually what I sewed to wear at my Pattern Review talk on Better Pictures! Since Jalie and the Bra Makers Supply were also presenting, I was excited to wear a me-made bra and Jalie outfit for my talk. When I mentioned in the PR Weekend group that I was sad the new Jalie patterns wouldn’t be released in time, they offered to send me a few in advance! Merci, Jalie!
(BTW, I asked them how to pronounce Jalie, and they said, “We don’t mind how people say it, as long as they love our patterns! So if you say Jail-y, Zha-li, or Ja-li, it doesn’t matter!
This is the new Jalie Adele, which is a woven top or tunic with circular ruffles set into princess seams. I think the style is so pretty, but I definitely wanted it in a knit!
I wore my wearable muslin during MMMay, which makes for a very cute summer tunic. I found the recommended size a little loose in a knit, so for my dress I sized down 2 sizes.
Both versions I made are in ITY, which I think works nicely. It has enough drape for the ruffles, even when they are double layered… but it’s also stable enough that it doesn’t stretch out of shape in a maxi!
The dress is constructed with a front and back centre panel, and side panels that wrap from front to back. Basically, it has princess seams but no side seam! The ties are attached at the back princess seams, so you can tie them just at the back, wrap them around to the front, or do what I do, which is wrap them across the centre back and then around to the front. Without the ties it’s a loose dress with no shaping.
If you look closely at my underarm, you can see I made a booboo. When I first tried on the finished dress, the underarms were massively low! I’m sure I must have used the wrong set of notches while I was sewing. Anyway, as a lazy fix, I hemmed a new side panel just a few inches long, and patched it in to raise the armscye! Thank goodness for a busy print, because I don’t think anyone will notice or care.
I really should mention the fabric, shouldn’t I? My sister and Mom brought this back for me when they were in California this spring. I ordered it from Micheal Levine fabrics, which seems to have the best selection of slightly-garish ITY border prints online! It’s $6.75/m, and I love it.
For my birthday, I’ll be celebrating with sushi, Indian food, and a ridiculously large cat tower! Oh, and my sister just hauled back a massive load of Cali Fabrics goodness for me on yet another recent business trip to the US, so 36 is off to a good start!