So . . . I failed again on the housecoat-sewing front.
I've had this red, white, and blue plaid fabric for a couple of years and have meant, two or three times over, to use it to make myself a sundress for the Fourth of July. This is sort of a dual-purpose sundress: It's a holiday, and it's also my birthday. Ironically, the Fourth is one of my least favorite holidays: I hate hot weather, it's a terrible day for kids' birthdays because everyone has family plans, and there are too many drunk drivers. My maternal grandmother's birthday was on Hallowe'en. I would so much rather have had that birthday!
Anyway--this is sort of patriotic but also sort of subtle. It's red, white, and blue but there aren't any flags or stars or anything, so I could wear it the rest of the year, as well.
Nothing fancy; got it at Hobby Lobby. If you like it, they still have some, but it's a no-name non-brand. It's not bad fabric, though.
This year, I decided that, even though, once again, I couldn't get it done for my birthday, one of my gifts to myself was going to be that I could work on it on the occasion of my birthday.
I picked Simplicity 4727 (1943), because it's a simple pattern that won't compete with a rather loud plaid, and because it has that freakin' adorable bolero. I also need the skirt pattern and I figured this would give me the opportunity to resize it for later use.
I went through several badly-Photoshopped concepts but finally decided I really needed to add contrast cuffs to the jacket, and settled on this one: