I have spent a long time dreading zippers, and despite my few attempts to make small pouches and stuff, I didn’t feel a whole lot comfortable around them. Not that I still do, but I finally have my first dress complete with an invisible zipper. YAY!
Sure, most of this dress making was spent in figuring out the zipper, but I am so glad I did. Because for a while it has been a bit of an invisible demon in my little sewing world….And so while it is not still exactly “invisible” I feel really good about being able to do it. The rest, might just be practice. I used the regular zipper foot which came with my machine and the two most incredibly useful sites for zipper installation were this and this. I have never really used Youtube for how-to videos and such, but having used it once I am totally sold on this was of learning.
As for the dress I am totally in love with the pattern. I like its generally structured look and retro vibe. (The colour of the fabric which is a bit psychadelic helps too I guess :-). Maybe just a tad bit longer would be good to make it last for a bit. N thought it was a top, so its on the shortish side.
The pattern comes from this Japanese book, which I have had for ages and I made it in the largest size which is 110cms. [the last I checked it was available, but Amazon Japan, does not seem to have it in stock anymore.] Oh, and I should mention, the patterns contain seam allowances; rather it shows both the sewing line and cutting line, a bit confusing in the beginning but then quite useful if like me you are anal about things.
The book is decent but not great with instructions, but then the patterns are not a whole lot complicated. I do really wish I had tried making stuff from here before given how much I like the look…. But fear not, I will now!
And another word of caution, mostly all dresses have a zipper closure and the diagrams or instructions weren’t very useful (at least not to me), so you might need to look elsewhere for the ‘how to install’ bit if you are afraid of them.
So sorry to be so verbose about this, but all in all what I want to say is that the book is worth pursuing if you like the look. The patterns are not cutesy, and that to me is what I like the most about this book.
Whew. That’s all for today.
I hope you are all enjoying your week, and sewing projects. Thanks for visiting!