I first became aware of Simplicity 9025 when a costume designer made me my very own version for a role in Pirates of Penzance. The lines of the bodice are lovely. And it is always fun having costumes made especially for you. However, sometimes things do not go exactly as expected. The designer put me in . . . yellow! The horror!! In retrospect, it was a very pale yellow with flowers, so it could have been a whole lot worse. Years later I was put in a polyester mustard yellow which was less than flattering to my skin tone . . . which was SO much worse!
Looking back at the pattern envelope, I cannot decided what this pattern was meant to be. Is it a bridal gown? The picture shows a woman holding a bouquet, so perhaps it is. But the illustration is holding a fan, so perhaps this should have been in the costume category?
The pattern sure has come in handy, though! Just last year, I used the sleeves to make this velvet dress much more wearable in winter weather.
And then there is my first attempt with this pattern, made of quilting cotton (which was my go-to fabric choice at the time). As fun as it would be to swan about in a full length princess dress, I thought a shortened version would be much more suitable for daily wear. Not completely convinced that I wanted to let go of the over-the-top girly style, I added some ribbon and lace.
I remember quite vividly that this dress was my first experience with a failed invisible zipper. If I had been reading sewing blogs at the time, I would have realized this was not completely my fault. And with a bit more experience, I never would have attempted this style and expect to zip myself into something this fitted with an invisible zipper – not without an extra set of hands!
Unsure exactly what to do, I made my first lapped zipper with a hand picked zipper. So much better!
Do you have any failed zipper stories of your own?
Dress: Made by me, Simplicity 9025
Shoes: Chelsea Crew
Necklace: Dabby Reid
Harveys Seatbelt Bag