In an earlier post, I wrote a tutorial on my method of inserting a hand-picked side zipper. I wanted to share the result!
The dress in question is Vogue 2239, an out-of-print reissued 1950's pattern. I wanted a dress with a full full-length, dramatic, swishy skirt, and this pattern delivered.
In fact, ever since I saw the pattern, I wanted to have a dress like Miss Pattern Envelope B's, with the large floral print. So, I bought some Valori Wells cotton voile in an awesome giant blue-and-white chrysanthemum print. I thought about making a solid-colored bodice, but I couldn't find the right shade of blue, and it just didn't feel right with this print.
As it happened, I only used the skirt from the pattern, not the bodice. For some reason I bought the pattern in a size 10, when I'm a size 6. So, I substituted the bodice from another dress pattern, one of my tried and true patterns. I decided to make the shoulder straps tie at the shoulders, because I thought that would be cute.
The skirt is fantastic. It's a half circle in the back and a quarter circle in the front. It gives the skirt an elegant shape, but keeps the fullness in the front from getting completely out of hand. I hemmed the skirt and the skirt lining using 2" wide horsehair braid.
Anyway, if you want a dress with a full, swishy skirt, I highly recommend this pattern. It's a lot of fun to wear.