Finally, and well behind the trend, I’ve done my first exposed zip in a By Hand London design with ‘Kate’ length sleeves.
Using the same fabric as my friend Mary’s dress, I used the other side as the right side and made my own winter Elisalex dress. The fabric is a wool viscose blend, called ‘butterscotch pudding’ from Tessuti. I fully lined it, for added warmth and comfort.
Like Sue of a Colourful Canvas, I mastered the invisible zip just as the exposed zip became all the rage. I invested in an invisible zip foot for my beloved PFAFF. Through trial and error I worked out it was better not to press the teeth out-of-the-way, even though that’s what the instructions say. The invisible zip foot makes it relatively simple to put in said invisible zip. You still need to be careful not to end up in a Möbius loop and making sure the waist seams match can be tricky, but in the main I’m a fan of the invisible zip. However…………
It was time to try the exposed zip. After all the Elisalex dress By Hand London is meant to have one and though I’ve made quite a few Elisalex dresses, I used invisible zips in all of them. My previous Elisalex dresses include variations for my wedding, for Sew Dolly Clackett, and for Project Sewn.
I liked Simon’s reaction, when I modelled the finished dress. ‘The zip’s very bold’ he said cautiously. I said yes it’s very on trend to have an exposed zip. ‘Oh so it’s meant to be seen?’ Maybe being on trend is not all it’s cracked up to be. Do you like the exposed zip? I’m not sure it’s for me, though I did enjoy mastering another skill.
I’ve also enjoyed wearing this dress, just a little bit dressy but not over-the-top. It’s a good addition to my winter wardrobe. It is nice to have an alternative to trousers. Maybe it’s the elusive smart casual look, even if the zip is rather bold.
Photos here also featuring my vintage coat from Braidwood, NSW and my good friend’s 1937 MG, two litre with coupe coachwork by Martin and King of Melbourne.
Pattern: By Hand London Elisalex with 3/4 sleeves
Fabric: wool, acetate, viscose mix from Tessuti
Lining: acetate from Addicted to Fabric
Modifications: FBA I also raised the back to make the dress better for the cold.
Notions: exposed zip, yay!
What’s your take on the exposed zip?
I’m linking this post up at Not Dead Yet, Visible Monday, the first time I’ve participated, check me out there and all the other visible women. I’ve also linked it at Sewing Saturdays .