Happy New Year gorgeous people!!
Hope you’re all surviving the first week of the year if you’re working and soaking up the extra drops of relaxation if you’re not.
I wanted to quickly share my festive dress. This is Butterick 5748 which I made earlier this year with the included circle skirt. This time I wanted to try adding a gathered skirt to make it a little less fabric hungry. So I of course the gathered Emery dress skirt – I’m addicted to it. Now I have two versions I love!
The fabric is a gorgeous red sateen partially from Remnant Kings and partially from B&M fabrics in Leeds market. I LOVE the colour. Red makes me so happy and confident. When I was a little girl I wore red shoes almost every day. And now I’m an adult they’re still in high rotation. I just bought these red satin converse hahah! Plus I have a LOT of red handmade dresses.
This was a great chance to perfect my lapped zipper technique. I follow the approach in the Reader’s Digest Sewing Book which is pure gold. Here are my top tips.
- Use a slightly larger seam allowance on the zip opening say by 3-5mm.
- Follow the woven guide lines on your zipper tape or mark a clear guide to follow.
- Clip away the bulk from the seam allowance at the waist, on either side of the zipper tape to have the zip sit as flat as possible.
- If using thicker fabric, I recommend leaving the lining hanging down before securing with a stitch in the ditch like I have here. It again reduces bulk at the waist.
- Fold back the lining seam allowance before finishing the neckline seam to get a neat finish on the inside at top of the zipper.
Hopefully this wasn’t too long for a quick post! Back soon with a blouse I managed to take pics of this weekend.