Added Mar 16, 2010
Menlo Park, Cali...
For my old roommate’s wedding in Japan! I wanted to make a dress that wouldn’t be too much of a hassle to take along, since I’ll be travelling around for another week with all of my luggage after the wedding.
This is the first dress I’ve made, and the first time I’ve attempted to use a pattern, so there were lots of things to be learned! The invisible zipper and all-in-one facing were very much worth the effort. The invisible zipper is still kind of visible, but as first attempts go I’m definitely satisfied. All-in-one would not have been possible without goatfoot’s SUPER helpful creative process pictures (in the comments of the BurdaStyle tutorial for how to sew an all-in-one facing). Also: no ruffle, added a sash instead.
I used the size 36 pattern. It took pretty much the entire day, although what took the most time was pressing and pinning the pattern to the fabric. All-in-one wasn’t too bad but I had to do the invisible zipper many times over. Next time I’ll hand-baste into place—the pins I was using weren’t so helpful and that’s the price you pay for being lazy! I like the length, but next time I might make it just about an inch longer to accommodate for hemming.
2.5 yards mustard yellow stretch poplin (it was labelled bottomweight, but on the bolt itself it said poplin? I have no idea, this was my first time buying fabric that wasn’t either out of the remnant section or calico for curtains), .5 yard lightweight interfacing. 20-22" invisible zipper, and 1 yard of fun batik fabric. Everything from Joann’s.
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