Simply Red

After a 24 mile round trip I have a red invisible zip, and now a completed dress!  I am also definitely ordering a stock of zips from Jaycotts.  I paid £3.90 for a 52cm long invisible zip!  That’s madness!!  Anyway, rant over, here’s the completed dress, and a happy Daughter No2 in the sunshine to show it off.

We love a little contrast, this turquoise belt is great with the red.

The panels work really well, tailoring the bodice to her shape.  The stretch cotton has a tendence to, well, stretch.  So the lining is a stretch cotton poplin, with much less movement to keep the whole thing together.

Why can’t we have more sun? Everything is so much better for it, including these pretty poppies.

The back was kept simple.  There is just one seam, I really don’t think it needed any more than that.

The back is simple, just two panels!

For some extra info, this dress was cut from the 2-piece dress block (from Winnifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting) and adapted to the sleeveless block.

Posing!

Next time we’ll have more fabric to play with, and will make a fuller skirt.  For now though, Daughter No2 is very happy with her new dress.  Will the weather gods please let us have some sun so she can wear it??

 

Lack of planning….

This is so completely applicable to today.

Says it all really

What didn’t I plan you ask?  Well, I knew what I wanted to make, knew what fabric from my overflowing stash to use, knew I had loads of thread.  Assumed that in the zip box there would be a long enough red or white invisible zip.  A-HA  therein lies the lack of planning.  I never checked said zip-box.  And no-one in my little rural market town sells invisible zips!

So I have no finished red dress to show.  But I do have a pinned-down-the-back red dress….  Want to see?

Front bodice section

And the pinned back…

The back for now.
Almost….. proper, finished and prettily posed photos soon!!

So the lesson is:  As Husband would say, “Assume makes an ass out of you and me”.  Yup.  I have to get onto Jaycotts and buy zips!!  Am I the only one who gets all excited about making something, only to fall at a simple hurdle, like non-existent zips?