I’m so close to done with my sundress! I probably could have completed the project last night, but I was very stressed out while putting in the zipper, and decided I did not wish to stress myself out MORE by attempting to figure out how my narrow hem foot works. Yet. The hem, and the two hook and eye fasteners on the back of the collar are the only two parts left.
Since then, I worked on the following:
1) Stitching the front and back of the skirt together on the right side (non-zipper side), gathering the front and back, and then attaching the skirt to the bodice.
2) Adjusting the fit of the dress prior to installing the zipper. I had to do this because the zipper is on the left side, and once it was installed I wouldn’t be able to take the garment in evenly on both sides anymore. I turned the dress inside out and placed it on Deirdre, pinning all the places there seemed to be extra. This was mostly on the sides, directly under the armholes.
3) Then the invisible zipper was installed. It was a fairly long process, made more frustrating by the excessive number of words in the pattern instructions (grumble). There was quite a bit of fabric, the bodice had some thick seams to stitch through, and my modifications to the dress for fit got in my way a bit. Here I am basting the right side of the zipper down.
All said and done, the zipper is one of the better ones I have ever installed. Below I am showing a picture from the inside of the garment and the outside. My stripey fabric was clearly an awesome choice because the zipper looks just like another stripe. Nevermind that it is supposed to be invisible …
That being said, I don’t believe that I am a fan of side zippers. If I can avoid them in the future, I will probably try to do so. Oh! And Fred was rude while I was ripping out the zipper basting and decided he would poke a small hole in my fabric. Le sigh. This is why we can’t have nice things.
4) I hand sewed the beads adorning the collar of the dress. What do you think? The pattern only called for three, but I am happy with my five.
And that’s it! Aside from cleanup and overcasting on my seams. And honestly there were not many seams, thanks to all the linings and facings on the bodice of the dress.
Here is the dress as it stands. I have no excuse for my pose in the picture; I think I was just bored. Or maybe I was practicing for my ballet debut in the Nutcracker. Hard to say.
I’ll try to take a better one after the hem and the buttons are complete. If the narrow hem foot hasn’t driven me insane …