So this is the finished product
I got Luke to take photos quickly before work this morning in a mad rush, I think it's time to invest in a tripod, I'm never happy with the photos on this blog, my house is so dark so I'm always rushing to get them done in a small window of time. I wasn't going to wear it to work but then I decided, why not, it's office appropriate and I've had a lot of nice comments already.
This is hands down the best invisible zipper I've ever attempted, it doesn't look so great in the photo, it's because I still have to slipstitch the lining on the inside and it's not laying flat against the dress, but I'm totally happy with it. I need to really take the time to finish my clothes properly before wearing them, I'm already half way through another item of clothing and I wonder if I'll ever actually finish my slip stitching. I'm terrible at it, that's the problem and I hate the fact that so many items of clothing require this process.
I didn't change anything on the pattern except the arms, the pattern asked to SLIP STITCH the cap of the sleeves into place, which I would probably fail miserably at and would come apart way too easily. Ain't nobody got time for that, so I just did bagged the sleeve using a technique I picked up from a separate Vogue pattern in the past. I think I will always to sleeves this way.
I also didn't line the skirt as I didn't think it was necessary. This pattern is interesting as it calls for you to interface most pieces so it's quite stiff, which I think gives it the lovely structured lines which I love about it. I made the decision to try and add some more "cake" pieces to my wardrobe, as it's all about frosting with me it seems ha. But now I find this dress a little too cakey and I'm on the hunt for the perfect, bright neckless to complement it. I've been on a fabric splurge as my lovely bosses gave me 300 clams worth of Lincraft vouchers for Christmas! Best present ever, so I've been hitting the big January sale and I'm getting a lot of suiting/wool/cotton sateen, all in plain cakey colours to try and build more of a versatile wardrobe.
One more photo of the dress in full to give a clearer image of the colour. So photogenic. Not.
I originally planned to make this in an olive green but I don't think I'll bother now. That's the problems with making muslins, I never want to see a pattern again for at least 6 months after I finish making something. Oh well I'm still happy with this one.
Yesterday I started another pussy bow blouse, using Simplicity 2501, I'll hopefully finish that this week, and then I'm going to start on New Look 6000 as I decided to participate in this -
I brought this pattern last week to use up some of the wool in my stash for a work dress, and then I saw this in my feed so I thought why not join in. I'm a bit nervous as I've never made a fitted sheath before, I always make full skirts to accommodate my child bearing hips and upon taking my measurments on this pattern, it tells me I'm 8 in the bust and 14 in the waist, waaaaa?! So I better attempt a muslin before starting to get the fit right. I would like it in a chocolate brown with cream spots, I just have to find said fabric somewhere now and I can get started.