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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Derby Day Peony

With Spring racing in the air, this version would have been perfect for Derby Day - yesterday's race has a wear black and white tradition. What do you think?
It's a fairly well structured dress and can withstand being worn with heels or ballet flats (Colette Peony 1017). The hibiscus Peony version is also fully lined.
This version is fully lined in white poplin. And a jacket would help manage the changing weather on the day. I bought this fabric from the fabric store on Church St Parramatta for $9/m.
I got very excited when I added the bias trim on the eyelet fabric.
Then the issues was, how do you finish these seams.
I decided to pink them instead of using french seams because the eyelet stitching is very thick (I love this aspect of this fabric) so pinking helps keep the seams stable without added bulk.
So to add a bit more complexity, and skill development as we say at work, I've added an exposed zipper. Threads has an article for applying exposed zips but the layout of the article wasn't easy to follow. I tried adding an invisible zip but the cut out eyelet bits along the centre back are at least 5cm long.

Left pic - iron fusing on right side with guide stitching:
Middle pic - pin and baste for first row of stitching near zipper teeth;

Right pic - trimmed underneath before final row of stitches at the side of the zipper tape.
Then I watched Gretchen's exposed zip tutorial to see how an exposed zipper is sewn on. Wendy also had a video tutorial for more traditional craft projects and I'm guessing this topice is going to keep growing. Linda McGeHee shows lots of zipper ideas in a tute so you can then make add as as your own own and she is www.ghees.com. The exposed zipper was the perfect solution but I didn't use contrast stitching. That would have been an embarrasing outcome.

Once I watched Gretchen tute I was able to insert the exposed zip without a practice run. Talk about taking a punt! Now to go back to the form guide to pick Tuesday's winner. Lots of luck everyone.


Travel update - TBD but I'll keep you updated.

Wow. Michelle Obama wore a similar outfit recently from the Miss Wu collection.

24 comments:

Dilliander said...

Lovely Maria, the exposed zipper was a great idea. The piping is also perfect for this style and fabric. You are set for Melbourne Cup Day!

ArtAttack said...

Really cute dress...love the black and white and black accents...great job!

BeaJay said...

Very classy - very chic. Very nice indeed.

Nothing like black and white to look fresh.

Great job.

ista said...

A lovely dress ... and I giggled at he form guide accessory.

Cherrypix said...

The piping and exposed zipper with that eyelet make this dress a real winner!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous dress and love the eyelet and exposed zipper.

Summer Flies said...

That is very special fabric and a really lovely dress. You would have fit right in at the races! (I was going to say "now that's a winner!" LOL)

Carol said...

This is stunning! You look gorgeous. The fabric is lovely and I love the zipper. I have avoided the whole exposed zipper thing but it looks great on this dress. I love your shoes, too!

prttynpnk said...

I love this! Did you have fun?

RhondaBuss said...

What a cute dress. It looks wonderful on you, but then everything you make looks wonderful on you!!

Lori said...

Gorgeous dress, the black trim really sets it off.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I love the eyelet you used in this very beautiful dress!

Linda said...

This is such a pretty dress! Love black and white together.

Faye Lewis said...

Your dress is soooo cute!

Sheila said...

Lovely dress and fits you perfectly. Great idea for using bias trim and the exposed zipper.

Merche Martinez said...

Great dress! the pattern is so elegant, and you look great in it!

Lena Merrin said...

Lovely dress Maria! It looks like it could even work with red lining (check out red showing on the mannequin photo). what do you think?

Diana said...

Everything about this dress is pretty and I especially love the exposed zipper and the piping.

Goodbye Valentino said...

Perfect Derby dress! The exposed zip adds a youthful and contemporary aspect to the dress.What pattern did you use?

velosewer said...

Good pick up :)

sewbusylizzy said...

Another great Peony! I love this fabric - where did you find that?

velosewer said...

The fabric was from the independent fabric shop in sunny Parramatta. It was $9/m.

MushyWear said...

Very classy! I like that this eyelet print is very unique and the piping and exposed zipper are perfect details for it.

Janine said...

I like everything about your new dress -piping, eyelet and zipper. It really is the big day to dress up in Melbourne .

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