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Posted on:12/18/10 6:40 PM
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mollyshark said... (1/20/11 8:30 AM) Reply
One thing that works well for me on zippers in knits is to use 1/4" steam a seam to attach the zipper and then topstitch over it. Of course if you are using an invisible zipper it is a little harder to do this, but you can do it on one side at least. It eliminates stretching of the fabric when you sew it on and that gets rid of the humps. Not sure if there is enough give in this pattern given the very fitted midriff to make it without a zipper.
Submarine said... (12/21/10 4:37 PM) Reply
I made this dress and also ended up with a "spinosaurus-rex" back. I tried stabilizing the zipper area, and that helped a little but did not eliminate the problem entirely. Anybody have any idea how to solve this problem?
PolishPoppy said... (12/21/10 8:36 AM) Reply
Thank you! your comments are VERY helpful.. and I cannot wait to try the difference between the full vs high bust adjustment on patterns as well.... Thank you again!
jmspencer1984 said... (12/20/10 9:55 AM) Reply
If I were to make this pattern (I've had my eye on it...) I think I would eliminate the zipper altogether. It's a knit dress and from the look of it, it seems like it could just pull over... Keep trying, every project gets better and better!
heathertyfeatherty said... (12/19/10 10:37 AM) Reply
I commend you for trying this as any time I see a knit that needs a zipper I shudder. I love this pattern, and I'm glad to see your review. If I attempt it (big if) I think I might move the zipper to the side so the back seamlines line up easier and if the zipper gives me fits it'll be partially hidden under my arm? This is why I sometimes avoid sewing with knits!
mollyshark said... (12/18/10 7:42 PM) Reply
What Rhonda says is right on. When using any of the big four patterns (vogue, butterick, mccalls, simplicity) pick size for a dress by high bust, not full bust. HUGE difference. You can always do an FBA for bust room but you'll find the neck and shoulders will fit much better if you do this. I have this pattern so was glad to read your thoughts on it.
RadarRadiance said... (12/18/10 7:10 PM) Reply
I'm sorry you had so many problems with the dress. Hopefully someone can think of a way to selvage it. It is a very cute pattern, I haven't seen this one reviewed before, very nice lines on it. I wonder if you did cut it off for a top and then cut out the zipper and use some of the lower material to make a placket type button up in the back ;-) Just some thoughts. Keep on trying, it is how you learn.
Rhonda in Montreal said... (12/18/10 6:56 PM) Reply
Vogue "Easy" is NOT Kwik Sew, eh!! I think you learned a LOT from the project!! Would encourage you to try something easier--maybe a Kwik Sew dress?? (Use high bust measurement). Keep at it!! Before you know it, you'll be making tons of pj bottoms, like me :/
PolishPoppy said... (12/18/10 6:44 PM) Reply
Oh yes, sorry about the sexy black socks in the photos! (I figured it was a wadder so I did not dress up). :)
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