Birthdays are a big deal. Every year, I try to take some time to reflect on my life and where I’m headed. As I began my tradition of reflecting, I realized how special this birthday was to me. Not because of my new age or chapter but because of the way I felt. This year I finally realized how happy I am. I have a good career, my children are happy and healthy, I have the best relationship with my husband and the list goes on and on. I have so many things in my life that bring me a sense of peace, joy and happiness.

To celebrate this happiness epiphany, I decided to make myself a little birthday ensemble. It was my way of outwardly expressing the joy I felt deep down. In this post, I’ll share with you my pattern hack and fabric selection for my birthday celebration.

OVERVIEW

In the 4+ years I’ve been sewing, I’ve never deliberately made myself a birthday outfit. But this year I made a conscience effort. First, I made brocade shorts using Vogue Pattern 9008 (View A) but the shorts were too short and I had other fit issues. Unfortunately, it went into the sewing graveyard. Well, the following Monday I wore the Simplicity 2404 dress I made in this post and remembered how much I loved the fit and cut of the bodice. Then the perfect pattern hack came to me. I could use the same bodice and make a long maxi dress.

SKILL LEVEL

Easy/Average. I followed the instructions of the pattern for the bodice as presented, stopping after attaching the armhole facing so that I could attach my skirt. I cut my skirt in three pieces so that I could align the side seams and back seam. I gathered the skirt to fit, inserted my zipper and finished off the neck and front facing. The skirt was a basic gathered maxi skirt. You can find several DIY YouTube videos on maxi skirts.

FABRIC USED

I used 100% cotton purchased from Hobby Lobby. I loved the fabric’s mint, pink and gold tones.

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ADJUSTMENTS

Although I have a  high waist, I wanted to ensure the bodice fell just under my bust. This required for me to add an inch to the bottom of each bodice piece.

LESSONS LEARNED

None.

OVERALL OPINION

As you can see, I really love Simplicity 2404. It’s sad that it’s no longer in print. I really loved the fabric as well. This whole ensemble allowed me to bronze myself to an oblivion

As for my birthday, I had a great day and enjoyed my night out with my husband.

Hope you all enjoyed. Please like, comment and follow.

***brandipatrice***

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