This dress took me way too long to finish. Not because it was difficult. But because I kept getting sidetracked. Anyway, I’m happy it’s done.
I made this with a linen/cotton blend that was really nice to work with. Since the zipper is in the side of this dress, the back does not have a center seam, which is nice for prints (no worrying about matching!)
The pattern, as written, is not lined. It had a really big front facing piece, that went nearly to the waist. I wanted a full lining, so I ditched the big facing and drafted my own, skinny one. Then I attached my facings over my lining pieces and installed them as one unit. I like this method for lining because it does away with the need for interfacing.
With every new project, there’s always some new technique or skill to learn. This dress was no different. This time I did a lapped zipper for the first time, and it’s prickstitched by hand. I followed this great tutorial from Sunni. It worked perfectly. If you haven’t tried this yet — Do it! Seriously. I was so much easier than putting in an invisible zip.
Here’s how it looks closed:
Am I a little obsessed with this zipper? Maybe! I do love it though!
Overall I am happy with this dress. It’s comfortable and light weight. In the photos, the skirt looks a little stiff, and kind of stands away from me at the sides. I think it’s because I used spray starch to stabilize the lining, and I haven’t washed that out yet. It should drape a little better after I do.