by Amy Thomas
Happy Spring everyone! Wait, did no one tell the weather?
The daffodils are out and the sun is shining but it’s still very cold. How unfair.
I decided to make a sundress for May even if the weather isn’t quite up to it yet and picked this fun striped poly cotton from Minerva.
I used vertical stripes on the bodice and skirt, and horizontal stripes for the straps. I really like how the darts make arrows pointing to my waist. I added a row of topstitched bias-binding around the bottom of the skirt to bring in another horizontal line (as with the straps) to balance the dress out.
This dress pattern is Butterick 5351. It really is an easy dress pattern to make up; I’d definitely recommend this for a beginner looking to try something a little more involved – lots of darts and a zipper basically.
As you can see I removed the top band and added a gathered skirt.
The dress doesn’t have a drafted lining but it’s simply a matter of making a duplicate of the dress in lining fabric and sewing the two together along the neckline. The cotton is stiff enough to not need interfacing.
I’m on a real invisible/concealed zipper kick right now. I love fully enclosing an invisible zip in the lining as it gives a professional finish inside. This anti-static lining gives a nice crisp finish inside that won’t get caught in the zipper teeth either. My invisible zipper foot has definitely paid for itself ten times over and it was only a £1.50 plastic one from ebay.
This kit will be perfect for someone wanting to work with a stable fabric, try a fully lined dress and have a pop at installing an invisible zipper – a nice easy project for an experienced sewist, or a fun challenge for a beginner wanting to improve their skills.
The kit contains 3 metres of striped fabric, so you can have lots of fun playing with the stripe direction, with 2 metres of anti-static lining and an 18inch invisible zipper.
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