What I really wanted when I first saw this dress was to make a fully lined version of the dress in wool. And I have finished that version! I did make a few adjustments though from the first version. The fitting adjustments mainly focused on getting the hips right for me. I brought the hip up about 1/2 an inch and shaved off about 1/2 on each side seem in the hips.
I also made a minor adjustments to the construction. Instead of a lapped zipper, I inserted an invisible zipper. According to Gertie, lapped zippers are very common in vintage clothing. But I am not a vintage purist. And I had an invisible zipper on hand. And I am better at inserting invisible zippers. So, there it is. I have a special invisible zipper foot for my Brother machine. And let me tell you, it is wonderful. If you are going to insert invisible zippers, I highly recommend you buy the special foot.
Since this was my good version of the dress, and because it is wool, I used better finishing techniques. I serged all the edges of the pieces to prevent any unraveling and to keep it nice and neat inside. I also used silk organza for my under arm gussets instead of a strong sew-in interfacing.
I was worried that this dress would not fit as nicely as the other because the first one had a bit of stretch in the fabric (not a lot) and this one had a lining so there could have been less ease. But, it turned out great. I can still move and pick up my kids in this dress. And yet it looks so tailored.
I love it .
This is why I want to sew and gain new skills. Now I can wear beautiful things like this dress and say I made it. Sewing for little guys is a lot of fun. And can be very practical. But, I really wanted to be able to make fine clothing. I think I am starting to reach that goal. I am not a tailor but, this is pretty nice. What are your sewing/crafting/hobby goals?