Monday, July 21, 2008

Ottobre 3/2008 #18 "China Grass Dress"

This is my version of the "China Grass Dress" from Ottober Design Issue 3/2008. I think it is design #18. The original design included a yoke (which would have been sewn in white), however I merged the yoke with the bodice.

It was pretty quick and easy to make. The bodice is fully lined and it has an invisible zipper in the back. I did find the bodice insturctions a little sketcy. After the bodice and lining are turned right-side out, you must then complete the seam from the notch to the hem.

This is the first invisible zip I have completed. Once I got my head around it, it wasn't too bad. The plastic Invisible Zipper Foot I found would not fit my 40-year-old Elna Supermatic. However, I found another foot in my Elna stash which had two grooves on the front of it and it guided the zipper perfectly and did a wonderful job. The only error was not aligning the top of the zipper with the top of the dress. Consequently I've also had to sew on a hook and eye at the top CB.

Ruby is delighted and immediately went into 'twirl and bounce' mode.

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Ruth said...

I like your version of this dress. Ruby looks so happy wearing it!

Pamela Erny said...

Very pretty...I like your design idea to merge the yoke!

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