Final-fucking-ly finished. It could use some additional work, but no, this dress and I are finished. At least, this slippery spandex fabric and I are certainly finished.
This is Burda’s Zipper Neck Dress (July 2014, pattern 113), a Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2014 knock-off. (Ha! I say that as if I know what I’m talking about when it comes to current fashion; the only reason I know that is Burda featured a photo of said TH dress in a spread showcasing Neoprene fabric in a separate section of the magazine.)
I had a slew of problems making this dress. The spandex fabric I chose was so VERY slippery, especially on seams with multiple layers. The layers slid across each other as I stitched with either the serger or the regular sewing machine. I had to sew, rip and resew the zipper 4 times, and it’s still totally wonky. And I cringe looking at the photos of the hem–you can see how skewed those seams are. I was sorely tempted to photoshop out all the wrinkles and crinkles at the hem, the zipper and the sleeves in these photos (not to mention on my elbows). But at least this gives a good picture of the slipperiness I was fighting against with this dress. It was a valiant battle but I lost.
I made a couple of modifications to the pattern. I doubled up all the yellow pattern pieces to ensure my underwear wouldn’t be visible, and I made the side panels all dark blue. (The pattern calls for the entire back of the dress including the back side panels to be cream–or yellow, in my case–but I thought it would be good to mirror image the front of the dress and help with the slimming silhouette on the back as well.) I added about an inch to the length of the torso pieces, as the dress design appears to have quite a high waist and I’m not a big fan of that look.
Can we talk about the waistline for a sec? Gah, it droops down in the back a lot…I’d like to try to fix that but given the personality of this fabric I think I’d do a lot more damage than good. And please, can someone tell me how to sew a waistline seam with a serger or a twin needle so that it lies flat and doesn’t bulge out?? All the stretch dresses I have made that have a seam at the waist have this problem. Any advice you have would be appreciated!
Ah, well, I think I will still give this a wear to work this week, wrinkles and pooches be damned! I’m learning to embrace my own wrinkles and pooches so I think I can give this dress the same benefit of the doubt!