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A summer dress completed!

I made this lovely summery dress using New Look 6262 that I mentioned here. I love the style of this dress. I chose to make view C which has a v neck and cap sleeves. I made a straight size 14 with no alterations to the pattern.  It's a good fit too although the top is perhaps a little roomier than I expected.  The material is a polycotton mix that I bought on the market in St Albans.

The dress was surprisingly easy to make now I seem to have mastered the invisible zip!

Really pleased with this one, so much better than my first attempt that I wrote about here. The real trick I think is ironing the ziptape on a low setting before hand. It unfurls it so that you can get closer to the edge somehow.  I finished the edges first with a zig-zag stitch and the pressed the seam-line so that I had a straight line to follow.  I am  now desperate to get an overlocker of my own as I think that gives a much better finish. I used french seams for most of the other seams which gave the seams a nice neat finish.

I managed to more or less match up the waistline seams at the zip.

The cap sleeves are eased in by sewing a gathering stitch. I found this a little tricky but pleased with the results as I can't see any puckers or gathers showing on the right side.

I love the full gathered skirt!

Here's the front view...

 And here's the back...

And now I have a lovely summer's dress to wear.  Just a shame about the weather today!


  1. Love it! You did brilliantly with the invisible zip.

    1. Thanks Emma! I used to be afraid of zips but not any more!

  2. Well done you,that a lovely sew and really pretty fabric to complement it - go for it on the overlocker, you'll wonder how you ever managed without one! I'm totally in love with mine :)

    1. Thank you! I know I'm desperate for one. Just got to save up some pennies. My mum has one which I can use but I would like my own. Which make do you own? I'm looking at getting a brother one that I've seen that isn't too pricey in comparison to some of them.

    2. I've just been doing a couple of weeks teaching, and one lady purchased a brother, and brought it in for me to go over the basics - it's a really lovely machine, you can get some brill deals off t'intnet- I have a Janome - 6243

    3. I'm looking at getting a Brother one, not got the money yet :(

  3. That invisible zip install looks FLAWLESS!

  4. I love the fabric, it makes such a pretty tea dress. That invisible zip is pro! It looks great! X


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