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« on: January 20, 2012 05:37:47 PM »

I made this a little while ago over winter break and I thought I'd share it! I used Simplicity Pattern 3823. It's fully lined, eyelet fabric, and there's light boning along the back. A zipper down the side and a halter-top tie closes it up. There's several pleats at the front as well as at the back.

I'd appreciate any critiques or criticisms Smiley Also, if anyone has tips for getting the zipper to lie a bit flatter along the side, that would be much appreciated as well.

The full dress

The back of the dress

The top of the dress

Different angle of the front

Bodice of the dress

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012 05:56:09 PM »

Its summer time where I am Wink

Very pretty dress Smiley  No tips for the zipper though (I'm new to zippers lol)

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012 06:05:31 PM »

Very pretty! Your pleats are so neat!

Do you have a close up of the zipper problem area? Is it a hidden zipper? I like to tape my fabric "closed" with scotch tape and then sew through the tape/fabric/zipper layers with a zipperfoot to make sure that the edges line up and hide the zip perfectly, but I don't know what kind of zipper you are using. I first learned the technique in the book Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. which is amazing.

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2012 06:05:53 PM »

Love it! I would wear it in the winter with maybe a cardigan, tights, and boots Cheesy
As far as the zipper goes, when mine don't lay flat I go back and press it some more and use scotch guard. You probably tried that though...Anyway, you did a great job!

« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2012 12:07:25 PM »

That's so lovely! Beautiful choice of fabric Smiley  Zippers can be awkward little so-and-sos - if pressing isn't working, all I can suggest without taking a good look at it is to try unpicking, then re-setting it but pinning the living wotsits out of it (well, maybe one per inch), as it might just be that the fabric is stretching or slipping slightly? That would be my strategy anyway Cheesy The usual problem I have with zips at work is that cross-points (waistband, neckline) are unaligned when I zip up - and the above strategy usually fixes this! lol Smiley Oh! And in case you don't already, place your pins perpendicular to your stitch line and leave them in while you sew.

Love it! I would wear it in the winter with maybe a cardigan, tights, and boots Cheesy
^ Also this! Except mine might be long-sleeved fine knit sweater underneath rather than cardigan. And I'd add a big woven scarf!

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2012 06:30:28 PM »

What a beautiful dress! I love it.

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