This is weeks later, I know, but my birthday dress was a success! I finished it on my actual birthday, with plenty of time to wear it out that night. When I say “finished it,” it’s a bit relative, since I didn’t actually hem it. Without enough time to handroll the edges I left the chiffon raw, but I don’t think it negatively impacted my birthday experience. I’m working on hemming it now.
As I mentioned before, we drove up to Seattle for The Land of the Sweets: A Burlesque Nutcracker. Before the show we ate at a great Vietnamese place called Long Provincial, where the waiter persuaded us to try one of the Top Ten Dishes in Seattle. Now, I’m not normally a squid-eating person, but it was one of the top ten dishes in a culinary city, it was my birthday, and it was something I’d never done, so I was easily convinced. I forget the actual name, but it was a satay with this amazing flavor. I guess I could like squid!
The show itself was phenomenal, and so much fun. The costumes were amazing, the dances were amazing, and we saw some pretty spectacular things. *wink* It was just risque enough to make you giggle and drop your jaw, and just teasing enough to make you want more. I loved it! Since you obviously can’t take pictures during the show, this is the only photo I got:
That’s all burlesque is–just a tease! But back to the dress. I had done this pattern, Colette’s Chantilly, before so the construction was pretty easy, but the floaty chiffon did prove to be a challenge to work with. That stuff is just so slippery! And, just like my last dress, the bust came out too big. I took it way in…and it still looks big to me. I’m going to have to stuff tissues down there whenever I wear this. I don’t think it’s easily fixable, and I don’t want to tear into the chiffon again, so I think I’ll just live with it. I love every other aspect of the dress, inlcuding the color and the light flowy feel. For the evening, I added a peacock headband I had, which went perfectly with the sugar-plum color.
Now I’m in agony over Jesse’s birthday in May, because I don’t know how I’ll ever top mine. A surprise party, a new dress, AND an awesome show? The stakes are high. Oh, dear.