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This is the dress that I made to wear on my birthday. Birthday dress fabric has to pass some rigorous criteria, and my 21st birthday was no exception.
2014 Birthday Dress Criteria:
1. Match my pink hair.
2. Be sparkly.
3. No black.
After two trips to two different fabric stores, I found this fabric at JoAnns. (It has silvery thread woven through it.) I'm also really pleased with the fit; the skirt is a self drafted pattern, and I modified the bodice of Simplicity 1873 to fit me better. I last used the pattern a few years ago, and remembered how the neckline gapped and how it was too tight at the waist. I LOATHE making muslins, so I trusted my "sewer's intuition" and a few measurements, re-drafted the pattern, and didn't look back. Fortunately, it turned out perfectly!
And it has pockets! I really like this author's argument about how the fashion industry is holding women back by not including functional pockets in most garments.