Day 5: The Birthday Dress

Fabulous birthdy dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

Back in my 20s, I had two fantasy birthday scenarios: a romantic and meaningful birthday date, and a giant food-based birthday party with all of my friends. Interestingly, I thought it would take until I was 40 to get all my friends together for my birthday!

Fabulous birthday dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

Instead, I made the dream reality seven years early. Words cannot express how happy I was to gather my friends from all different parts of my life, together for a (hopefully) fun evening of conversation and food and movie night, all some of my favorite things. Despite being childless and single, family and togetherness are extremely important to me. So this evening meant the world to me.

Fabulous birthday dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

Now, as a sewer you know we must make a new dress for every special occasion! I had several ideas in mind, and ended up going with whatever I could make out of this fabric. I say that because I wanted to do McCall’s M6744 view D, but discovered I lacked the yardage. I tried all sorts of layouts until I decided to riff on the extreme high-low hem trend I saw on the college girls around my job.

Fabulous birthday dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

Success! All it took was using the front skirt piece for view A and the back skirt piece for view D. Using the front skirt piece for view A also eliminated the front overlap from the dress. I’m not really interested in overlap/wrap garments, whether it’s overlap skirts or wrap dresses. Not sure  why. The rest of the dress I constructed as per the directions. Can I just say, what an accomplishment this is??? When I first began my sewing journey, the directions might as well have been in Greek. Woohoo, progress!

Fabulous birthday dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

I did make one small change — I slashed the back of the dress and top stitched around the slashes using a triple needle. In this, too, I was inspired by street fashion: all the super high side-slits in college girls’ skirts and maxi dresses. (I’m not obsessed with college students, I swear — it’s just that the neighborhood I work in is mainly populated by students.)

Fabulous birthday dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

It’s a nice feature! With movement, you can see the slits, and when I’m standing still it’s a regular maxi skirt.

Fabulous birthday dress from McCall's 6744 on Making the Flame. Body positive sewing & style!

I love this dress and had a truly special day wearing it. It’s a very distinctive make, but maybe I’ll get some more wears out of it next summer.

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  1. Sending you a belated happy birthday! I’m so glad you had a special birthday this year. Your dress will not only continue to remind you of that special time, but I bet every time you wear it you will keep feeling that wonderful sense of accomplishment: knowing you did it your way and weren’t limited by the pattern. I’m saying a prayer for you to have a special year as well.

    1. Thank you! And yes, it is. Used to be that I thought inspiration could only come from the magazines, but there’s so much creativity in what people around us wear every day.

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