Its My Party I’ll Look Fly if I Want to!

28 Jul

When it comes to custom clothing there is nothing I like more than making a girl’s birthday dress. Being a part of someone’s special day makes me all warm and gooey inside. Think about it; most girls have had a birthday dress since their very first birthday. From that first birthday where your folks posed you  knife in hand simulating a cake cutting; you had on a special dress. Granted your parents knew you would only ruin it with the birthday cake that you didn’t have the motor skills to eat; yet they sill wanted you wearing something commemorative.

Recently I made a birthday dress for one of by closest friends Courtney. When I begin a consultation for a birthday dress  the first thing I ask is what the girl doesn’t like. For example I’m not a big fan of strapless dresses and I despise halter dresses (I have broad shoulders and a small chest so I try my best not to look like linebacker). Why don’t I ask what a girl likes? Good question. I never ask that because I like to keep my consultations down to thirty minutes and a girl can talk about her likes all day.

Since I am a designer and not a seamstress I am not comfortable with a girl giving me a picture of a dress and telling me to recreate it. In those situations I usually tell the girl that if she wants the dress in the picture she should just buy the dress in the picture. So instead of asking a girl what she wants to wear on her birthday I ask her what she wants to look like. To that question Courtney replied “fun and sexy“.

In the next part of the consultation I tell the girl how I see her and relay my interpretation of her style. Since I met her, Courtney has always reminded me of the cartoon character Judy Jetson. Judy is a cute spunky teenager who is ultra girly in a futuristic way. So once I started sketching and  I came up with a design that looked like what Judy might wear on her 23rd birthday. Together we came up with a shiny stretch mini-dress in Judy’s signature pink. We added futuristic peaked cap sleeves and, black racing stripes, and a low back accented by a neon green zipper.

On your birthday whether you’re having dinner with your boo or partying and popping bottles of champagne with your girlfriends; you should be wearing something no one else will ever own and feel special wearing it. I am glad my design was a part of Courtney’s special day.

Judy Jetson

Courtney Front

Courtney Back





4 Responses to “Its My Party I’ll Look Fly if I Want to!”

  1. Back July 28, 2010 at 8:25 am #


  2. Toonie July 28, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    I loved the dress in person, and this explanation makes it 10x cuter 🙂 Nichole and Courtney rock!!

  3. teacakers July 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    omg this dress is adorable!!! I wish you were in Chicago and could design one for me, I love your stuff!

    • sewthisisit July 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks for the love! I can definitely design a dress for you; I ship all over the U.S. Just say the world and you’ll have a custom creation on your doorstep!

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