I am currently sewing a knock off of this gorgeous Swinging Sweetheart Dress that was available recently at anthropologie. Even at the sale price I could not stomach it, so I decided to sew a knockoff. I am using a vintage pattern that is very similar to this dress. The bodice is silk batiste (never again) and the skirt is a linen/rayon blend. I stabilized the back seam using fusible interfacing and attempted to insert an invisible zipper. The last time I inserted an invisible zipper, it went perfectly, so I should have known it would be a disaster this time.
I tried about three times to get things to line up, but they would not. When I ripped a tiny hole in my fabric, I knew it was time to stop. The hole was close enough to the seam allowance that I could take an ever so slightly deeper one to cover it up.
Now I am on to plan B--what I am thinking is that I might try something I have been intrigued with for awhile--an exposed zipper in black. I found a wonderful tutorial on how to insert one. This dress is so feminine and ethereal looking, that I am wondering if it might add a little edge to the garment...or would it just look out of place?
I had also thought of just doing button holes and running buttons up the back, but I don't have time. I am truly on a deadline to get this dress done. I am also thinking about just buying a regular pink zipper to match the bodice and doing a centered application.
Readers. what do you think?