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A Golden Birthday Dress

Added Mar 9, 2016

by misslivia

Ellensburg, Wash...






I was/am very into the crop top and skirt look and thus came up with this design. I actually modified two commercial patterns for this, as I didn’t have time to really develop them from scratch (sleeves are hard!). The gold fabric I found on Etsy FOR ONLY $15 FOR 1.75 YARDS! When I took it to the fancy sewing shop up the street to pick out my lining color, the woman working the ribbon room counter kept exclaiming over how beautiful and probably antique the fabric is – I have no verification of her claim, but I will say that I haven’t seen anything like it ever. I went with teal lining and a teal grosgrain ribbon to finish the waist band. As you can see in some pictures, there is a lightening of sequins around the darts and zipper. I discovered that you are supposed to clear the seam spots of sequins so that you don’t run over them and hurt your machine. You’re supposed to sew them back on afterwards to make everything blend. (lol that is never going to happen) I very diligently removed them on the skirt, but discovered as I was sewing that my machine could punch right through the sequins, so I quit taking sequins off when I got to the top. All of the hems are finished with lace hem tape, which was a first for me. As you can notice in some of the photos, the skirt kinda wrinkles near the hemline….this is because I didn’t have my mom around to pin the hem and doing it yourself is not the best route, but I was in a rush! I had a party to host! The sequins are heavy enough that they pool at the bottom after time. I so rarely wear this that I will likely not go back and re-hem the skirt.

A pro-tip for the top: your underbust circumference is probably going to be the smallest in the top, which means you should probably put your zipper in upside down. Literally the whole top gets bigger from there, which since I put my zipper in the regular way, means this top is very tricky to get into and out of…

click on over to my portfolio for more/larger pictures :)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Other, Evening Wear
Lace/Sequins, Rayon



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    Mar 14, 2016, 01.41 AMby sewing fanatic

    stunning and gorgeous x

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    Mar 10, 2016, 10.12 AMby matkailijakirppu

    Very cool look! :)

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    Mar 9, 2016, 06.08 PMby TyMarie

    Gorgeous outfit! Make sure to take a look at the BurdaStyle.com homepage this week. :)

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      Mar 9, 2016, 08.58 PMby misslivia

      Thank you!!

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    Mar 9, 2016, 04.56 PMby chula123

    very nice, that fabric is stunning and looks great on you!

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      Mar 9, 2016, 08.59 PMby misslivia

      Thanks so much!!

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    Mar 9, 2016, 11.28 AMby cchristie

    This really is an amazing outfit! I love the exposed midriff and the sophisticated simplicity. Perfect for the fabric!

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      Mar 9, 2016, 08.59 PMby misslivia

      Thank you! I’m so happy that it turned out like I imagined :)

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    Mar 9, 2016, 10.43 AMby SassyT

    Stunning! Sassy Sewing Bees https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    Mar 9, 2016, 06.20 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous outfit and Fab fabric. It looks like fishscale sequin fabric which is quite expensive. Wonderful photos as well x

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