I’ve had this great animal print rayon challis sitting in my closet for a while. I really wanted to sew it up before the summer ends. So I reached for a familiar pattern, and made another version of the Licorice Dress from the Colette Sewing Handbook. (Version one here and version two here.)
I really like how this one turned out. I’m not really sure what type of animal print this is. It kind of looks like feathers or brush strokes up close, and not spots. But the fabric is great. Light and dreamy. It’s like wearing pajamas in disguise. 🙂
I also moved the zipper to the side. I did this because I didn’t want to bother with matching the print in the back. So I folded the seam allowance away and planned to cut the back piece on the fold. But when I was cutting out, I forgot my plan, and cut two pieces instead! Oops. Because I had eliminated the seam allowance, I had to sew the back seam with a tiny seam allowance, but it worked. Luckily the pattern matched up okay.
Speaking of the zipper….I put in an invisible one. Look how much better it turned out than my last one:
Virtually invisible and not wonky!! 🙂 I think I got a nicer result because I added light interfacing to the seam allowance and really took my time sewing it.
Finally, check this out … I just barely had enough thread!
I almost bought two spools. Glad I didn’t. But that was cutting it a little close. If I’d had to rip out any seams, I think I’d have been short. But that’s the beauty of sewing repeats. Most of the issues are already worked out and things usually go quicker and easier. 🙂