Sorry… But this is not the first time I have been shaking my head at a pattern envelope or PDF. This time it is McCall’s M7169. I love the photo and diagrams. This is another garment in my “Sister’s Sewing Projects“.
Let me start with… I love my sister’s fabric choices! Both fabrics are cotton with a hint of spandex – for those days when chocolate or cheesecake are required. The brown flowers are so abstract up close and so clear from far away.
Ok, maybe I’m over reacting, but chocolate was required in order for me to finish this dress properly.
I had no trouble at all putting in the invisible zipper. This time I even chose to read and follow the product instructions. (It’s called a Concealed Zipper foot, but I’ll never remember that. You know what I’m talking about when I say Invisible Zipper foot, don’t ya!)
First I sewed my back centre seam up right to the top, pressed it open, and sewed the right side of my invisible zipper in place at the seam.
Then, as instructed, I changed to my other zipper foot and sewed both edges of my invisible zipper down.
Next, I was instructed to rip open the centre back seam covering the invisible zipper. Seems counter-productive to put it in, only to rip it out, but it works. You might be able to see in the photo that only one side of the invisible zipper is sewn in properly, so far.
Then I changed to my invisible zipper foot and sewed down the other side of my invisible zipper.
Last, I closed the invisible zipper and sewed closed the gap in the centre back seam at the bottom of my invisible zipper.
And it all worked out just peachy keen! I love it! I think next time I am going to iron my zipper open first as it does make it easier to sew in if the teeth are pressed flat first. Seriously, are there a hundred ways to sew in an invisible zipper?
Now for my over-reacting rant…
The recommended fabric for this pattern is a woven and yet they don’t give you proper neck facing pieces, instead they use self made bias tape. I don’t mind using bias tape instead of facings on knits. But with a dress such as this one I prefer proper neck facings. Maybe it’s just me? So I made my own, copying the curve of the front and back bodice pieces. Not hard to do.
I cut the front neck facing on the fold, just like the bodice front, and cut two of the back neck facing, interfaced all the pieces and sewed them together and onto my bodice.
Done! Problem solved. Now why did they do that?
Now wait! I still have one more rant in me!
While I was cutting out this pattern, I ran into this problem:
Can you see it? I started cutting on the solid 18W line on one side and the solid line turned into a 24W line on the other side. Similarly, on one side the dashed line was 18W but turned into a 24W dashed line on the other side. Did I miss something important in the instructions? Why did they do this?
Now granted, this dress didn’t take much effort to make once I got started. Easy even!
Love the dress… The pattern? Not so much…
Have you come across an annoyance or dud recently? Tell us about it!