This week on the Sew Weekly, the challenge is to finish a project using a very important piece, or VIP (how clever). As I love this painted cotton/silk blend, I’d like to finish this maxi dress so that I could enter it into the challenge (and wear it before summer ends), but I’m on failed zipper attempt number I-can’t-remember-any-more. From what I can remember, I tried inserting an invisible zipper straight, inserting an invisible zipper using bias fabric techniques, inserting a regular zipper using bias fabric techniques, inserting a regular zipper while carefully pinning the bias section on my dress form (see photo above – I thought this was definitely going to work after a bit of pressing, but no), minimizing the amount of the bias skirt that had to be sewn to the zipper and then using bias fabric techniques…
I like the idea of an invisible zipper in the side seam, so I’m going to give it another go (after another break – I think we need some time apart!). I also think it’s time I invested in an invisible zipper foot.
As for the ruching, stretching the fabric across the midriff so that the excess ended up in the side seam made all the difference. Without any need for prick stitching, it looks like the ruching I wanted. In my eyes, it’s perfect. The battle for a finished dress really does lie in finishing the zipper.
But, finishing this very important piece will have to wait.