Happy birthday to me and happy birthday to ThatStyleThough! I am really excited about today’s post, for one because I get to share my first DIY birthday dress with you, and because my birthday marks the first year anniversary of ThatStyleThough! In January of 2015, I decided that it would be a good idea to set the blog launch on my birthday, giving me around a month and a half to work hard on my website before launching, plus it was a date I would never forget. The day has come and this last year has been an adventure, to say the least. I went through ups and downs with the site, but I also learned A LOT! I think the site has come a long way, and although I am not exactly where I wanted to be at this time, I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far.
My plans don’t just stop with the site. I have other projects and things in mind to do, the latest of which was my shop that I just recently opened up through the Shop link, but my hope is that next year at this time I will have added to the list of accomplishments for the site. If you have seen my struggles these past 12 months, and still visit the site, comment and read, I want to give you a big hug and say thanks for your support. You guys rock!!
Now, let’s move on to the dress I made for my birthday from the V1314 pattern. I made it this week, and added the finishing touches Saturday night, to wear it on Sunday. I am really excited that I could finally make a dress for the occassion, because in the past, I always told myself that one day I would make a birthday dress instead of purchasing a new outfit and just never got around to doing so. See below for my thoughts on this pattern:
Sizing: I chose to go with the size 14. I measured out my pattern pieces and cut the 14, as I thought that size would get me the closest measurement. As you can see from the pictures, the dress is fitted and flattering, especially with the ruching in the front and the back.
Fabric: I purchased my 4-way stretch, knit fabric from Joann’s Fabrics, something I have been doing a lot lately because it is the only fabric store in town. I am working on finding my knits online so I can find different fabric designs. I was supposed to make the Nettie dress pattern from Closet Case Patterns (in the shop), but did not have time to print out my PDF version and put it together. Since I recently started a new job, my time to sew has been limited to evenings only, and thought I would look through my stash of patterns instead for a similar dress. I used a little over 2 yards, if I am not mistaken. Also, I did wash and dry it before cutting into it.
Skill: This dress was easy to make and did not take me a lot of time to put together.
Instructions: Given that this is a Vogue pattern, the instructions were surprisingly clear. The only area I was weirded out with, was for the neck facing, but ended up changing it a bit to my liking.
Adjustments: I made a couple of adjustments, while putting this pattern together. I did not use a lining, which was supposed to be a part of the dress. I thought my fabric was smoothing enough that I didn’t have to worry about it. Lastly, I changed the neckline. I can definitely say that the neckline wasn’t done to the specifications on the pattern, but I was still happy with it.
Final Results: I was very pleased with the results. This is my first birthday dress and am so excited about it.
In honor of my first year anniversary, I am offering 15% off orders in the shop. Just use the code “ANNIVERSARY” at checkout. The offer ends on March 11, 2016.
Below are pics from my photoshoot…