Fabric, matching thread, button, lining fabric.... ✔
2 ancient zippers... ✔
Permanent marker... ✔
First Aid kit... ✔
It was one of those projects. It started innocently enough. Despite my good intentions to use up more of my stash before doing any more fabric shopping, I found myself in need of cheering up beyond the powers of chocolate and the next thing that I knew I was at the 'good' fabric shop. I was behaving myself, keeping to the cheap rows, but then I caught sight of this blue floral fabric (Lil' Plain Jane by Michael Miller) by the door and had to have it. Far too many others had thought the same thing, as there was barely any left on the bolt (and no other bolts to be found - believe me, I stalked all the other customers, checking their trolleys. Yes, I am that person at the fabric store...).
So here's the pattern I put together. The fabric was half an inch (just half a bloomin' inch!) too narrow to be able to make the back in two pieces with the flowers matching up, but three pieces could be squeezed out. This is my first attempt at a proper zipper (using this tutorial) and a sewn button loop (using this tutorial). The full lining is plain white and most likely there is an easier way of putting in a lining in a zippered dress, but for some reason I forgot about internet search engines and just made up my own way. The topstitching shows up on all the flowers, too.
Sewing the zipper went well: it turns out that my sewing machine came with a zipper foot - who knew? But ancient zipper #1 decided to wait until it was sewn in before the metal zip bit broke into two pieces. No, I don't know how or why, either. So, that's where pliers, screwdriver and permanent marker came in handy - removing the zip bit off ancient zipper #2, then bending it into place on the installed zip, then colouring it to match. I thought that that was this project's swear words allocation used up.
Until I burnt my hand on the iron. Please ignore the creases in the pictures...
Translation of the day:
UK English: trolley = shopping cart in US English
UK English: tram = trolley in US English
UK English: off one's trolley = crazy / insane / silly in US English
UK English: tick = ✔ = check in US English