HEY. YOU GUYS. That Easter dress I was talking about last time? I finished it! And it actually fits the child in question.
Pattern: McCall’s M6020
Fabric: Lisette Scatter Flower White Poplin, pink cotton from my stash, muslin lining
Notions: Zipper, hook and eye
Do you see that zipper sticking up in the back? I put that in. It wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be, but I was extremely glad to have a narrow zipper foot in my arsenal of weapons. This dress is fully lined; I had to sew the bodice lining down by hand along the sides and across the skirt join, but my uneven stitches won’t show on the outside. I will admit to walking away from the zipper once – the confusing garble of words in the pattern do not count as instructions – but I managed to find great tutorials on blogs and YouTube to help me through. I’ve done zippers in bags and such before, but there was something about putting this zipper into this dress that was stressing me out.
The other thing about this dress is the way the bodice lining works – it’s weird, and the pattern isn’t super clear on exactly how it is supposed to go. I turned to the trusty Internet again, and as per usual, someone had it spelled out with a great blog post and plenty of pictures that helped me understand what I was supposed to do. The rest of the dress went together fairly easily. I did learn that while my daughter is a size 3 around her torso, she’s more of a size 5 in length – hence, the pink band and the extra strip of floral fabric around the bottom to make it longer. It may have been a mistake to begin with, but I actually really like the band of pink around the bottom, so win/win!