My little red birthday dress!

 Fabric:  Dotty Cotton sateen. I don’t know where I got it from and when. It was hidden in my stash. what a treasure, don’t you think?
Pattern: The top it’s BHL elisalex dress and the skirt it’s self drafted.
Level: Easy
Notions: Hook& eye and invisible zipper I got from Kollabora. Have you added your projects there? I’m adding a couple of WIPs right now. 
Size and alterations: Since I sewn my first elisalex, I dropped a few dress sizes. After adjusting my pattern I made sure I didn’t add seam allowance. It’s such an easy way to grade it down or make it knitable. Based on my adjusted pattern, I graded it down a size. Fit it’s perfect. I could have just came back to the pattern and sewn a smaller size but I didn’t want to loose all the other adjustment I had initially made. It’s lined with the same fabric.
Time to complete: About 3 and half hours during my birthday. Such a treat to sew a birthday dress on your birthday.
Will you make it again? The elisalex bodice it’s so figure friendly and I would love to see it with a circle skirt.
Conclusion: I felt very cute and happy on my new dress. My cake was delicious too! Sorry I took very few photos on the actual day of me on the dress. I was focusing on the 
  • Happy (belated) birthday! I love the Elisalex bodice with a circle skirt – in fact, I am wearing the dress I made with that bodice and a circle skirt right now!

  • You wear 30 something oh so well!!! Fabulous dress…just like you.

  • Happy birthday! The dress is gorgous 🙂

  • Looks great, Rachel!! Looks like you had a great birthday. 🙂

  • Pretty dress!! I have an Elisalex on my shelf waiting to be made. Looks like you had a great birthday!

  • This is sooooo pretty Rachel…what a great fabric find in your stash ;o)

    • Indeed.. in my early stashing, i bought a lot of cotton sateen and as i grown more confident I started using other fabrics and left my cotton sateen stash hidden.

  • It is a lovely dress and soooo pretty on you!

  • You look great in your birthday dress. The print is gorgeous: neutrals on red, very elegant combo.
    I love that photo of you with the cake!
    Happy Birthday!

  • Very pretty! That fabric is amazing!

  • Very pretty dress and what a fabric find in your stash! You look wonderful.

  • This is such a pretty dress and what a fabric find, it is perfect. You look wonderful.

    • Thanks Lori.. omg im so excited for your entry on the online sewing bee…

  • Lovely dress and fit you perfectly!

  • Lovely dress! Love your birthday cake too!

    • I really enjoy wearing it and its quite classic… cake it was sooo good

  • Happy birthday my dear! The dress is fabulous and such an amazing fit!

  • You’re such s sewing pro! Your dress is lovely 🙂

    • *red face* oh thanks Jo.. I feel im better but took so much hard work in the beginning. you will get there.

  • You and your dress are as delicious looking as that cake 😉

  • This is so cute! I love it! As always, you look amazing!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! Love the print.

  • Hun I love the dress! And that skirt!!! It’s hot! Do you have a tutorial or link on how to draft a skirt like that? I’d like to start moving away from gathered skirts 🙂

  • Happy Birthday!Great dress and only 3 1/2 hours!

    • Yes, Once i have sew a pattern twice, it was easy just sew without interruptions… I find I get into a zone.. dont talk, eat,pick the phone lol

  • Beautiful dress. Hope you had a very nice birthday.

  • Happy Birthday Rachel!!! Your cake is so awesome, who made it for you? And, love your dress, very flattering and fabulous fabric.

    • Thanks. I made the sugar paste and my fellow bake it for me… he is a keeper

    • Oh, just saw the comment pop up now!! (I re-commented, lol). How sweet he baked the cake for you. I love the decorations you put on it.

  • Happy birthday! This is super cute!

  • Ooh, what an adorable dress! Red is such a lovely colour on you. 🙂

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

    (I am totally going to borrow that idea of yours – making a birthday dress on your birthday sounds like a perfect type of indulgence. 😉 )

  • I already left a comment, but think it was eaten! Absolutely lovely dress Rachel, fabric and style! Happy Birthday to you. Who made your wonderful cake?

  • Happy Birthday to you too!! Love the dress looks amazing. The fabric is gorgeous as always!!

  • That fabric is beautiful, I have never seen anything like it and the colour suits you well too. That Elisalex pattern is great and so versatile, it seems to work with so many skirt types.

  • That fabric is stunning, I have never seen anything like it before and the colour suits you well 🙂
    I love the Elisalex, such a versatile bodice, seems to go with every skirt type.

  • Gorgeous dress and beautiful fabric!!!

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  • Girl, you have legs that go on for ages! Gorgeous dress!