Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Now I'm 30

It's true: I'm now 30. My birthday was on Friday. This year I continued my tradition of making a new dress for my birthday, but I also threw myself a big party (because, hey, why not? 30 only comes once, and the fact that it was also a's just too good to pass up)! I rented the screening room at my local cinema (LOVE them!) and showed Fantastic Mr. Fox. Then we went to the amazing loft apartment of my lovely friend Vanessa for after-party appetizers and drinks! I called the entire thing "Thirty, Flirty, and Foxy like a Crafter!" It was fan-tabulous! There were about a dozen people at the party at any given time, and it was so wonderful to spend such a special day with my friends!

One of the specialty items I crafted for my party (other than the dress and the garland) was a cocktail. I named it "The Janiac", on honor of another special lady who shares my birthday. It's made with tequila and a fancy ginger liqueur and got my friends all pleasantly liquored up! Delightful!

bday dress!
Okay, so, more about the dress, right?? It's the Colette Patterns Chantilly dress. This was my first time making a Colette pattern and it was fantastic! I think this is the only time--ever--that I've made a muslin and not made ANY adjustments! Even the hem length was pretty much right on.

bday dress 3
I used some cotton lawn I got on mega sale at because this is my "practice" dress--my brother is getting married in October and I'm planning on making another version, but in this and with pockets. I'm pretty excited.

bday dress swirl
The dress was super comfortable to wear, and the skirt is full and swishy, perfect for dancing around in! Doing all that gathering is a pain in the butt, but is so worth it in the end. More pictures on my flickr page.

Also, semi-related: I am a-squee with excitement over this sneak peek!


two hippos said...

Happy birthday! Your party looks and sounds fun. I wanted to throw myself a big party for my 30th this past summer but I was 3 weeks away from big exams so it didn't happen. Maybe for 31...

Anonymous said...

love it!

Elise of Argyle Whale said...

Your dress came out beautifully! Hope you had fun at the theater (my husband works there!) and you picked one of my favorite movies. I'm glad to see the "foxy like a crafter" phrase stuck with you. Hope the bag is holding up well. Happy belated birthday.