I wouldn’t normally do a second post on a garment, but the monthly stitch challenge is ‘inside out’ this month, so I have a few extra things to show.
- Most obviously, I have my zipper on the outside! This is the first time I have used an exposed zip and it is a lovely chunky metal one. Dress length metal zips can be hard to come by in my part of the world and this one wasn’t very cheap, but I had to have it (found it on ebay). It felt very strange inserting the zip after constructing and lining my bodice.
- Speaking of bodice lining – I picked up these bright dots on a natural background in the remnant bin at Spotlight around the same time as my dress fabric (Lincraft). They were sitting about at home together so I decide they belonged together. The collar/neckline do not sit perfectly and those dots are just trying to pop out!
- Inside that lining at the waist is a stay to prevent the waistline from stretching out as it is a reasonably heavy fabric in a loose weave and quite a bit of skirt. I usually use hug snug rayon seam binding but this one is a sturdy strip of pellon woven fusible interfacing. I ironed it on to the seam allowance then sewed it in the seam allowance before hand stitching down the bodice lining over the top.
- The sleeves are lined with the same fabric used for my collar and waist tabs. I think it looks like watchworks (so maybe the ‘insides’ of the pocket watches?!). I wish I had changed my overlocker thread colour to grey.
- I used the same accent fabric for pockets:I used a few different patterns to make this dress and you can find out what they are in my previous post.