I varied from my usual assembly method and followed the pattern instructions – and ended up in a right twist!
Normally inserting the zip is one of first things I do, and if I had it would have been difficult to make this mistake. But in this 60’s shift dress the instructions tell you to insert the zip once the dress is almost fully assembled. Now this is something I don’t recommend for these reasons:
- it is easier to get a neat result while your pieces are still flat and relatively unattached, especially if you are using a topstitched insertion method.
- It is quicker, and involves less double-handling, if you insert the zip before your facing. See how I have to go back and finish the neck edge, when I could have done it in one action instead?
And now of course there is this reason:
- you might end up in a twist, and
swearshout, like I did…