I just love learning new techniques from pattern instructions!
The side closure on this dress reminds me of an Edwardian piece. Before you think I have completely lost it, just hear me out!
If you have been lucky enough to see vintage Edwardian pieces up close, one of the first things you will probably wonder is how the heck did anyone get in and out of their clothes, even considering an extra pair of helping hands. Where are the openings hiding?
Layers are hook & eyed, pieces are snapped into place to cover those hooks, etc., etc. Throw on an extra layer of lace, and it is virtually impossible to tell which seams actually open. The architecture of some of those antique designs is incredible. My dress is a highly simplified version, obviously, but a snap here, a zipper there, and the comparison does not sound quite as crazy, does it!
My first concern when I saw this dress was the zipper opening. The bodice is lovely and blouson, and the hip is rather fitted. Invisible zippers these days are produced on horribly stiff polyester tape which was not going to drape like any fabric choice I might make for this dress. This is the main reason I let the pattern sit for so long.
If I had simply opened the instructions, I would have been put at ease. Taking a cue from the Edwardians (I am just making that up, of course!) the design uses an invisible zipper along the hip yoke and a few snaps to close the bodice. Multi-notioned openings are awesome! Why did I not think of this on my own?!
Speaking from experience, snaps are not a great idea to close seams that are tight fitting unless you are wearing a compression undergarment like a corset. Or maybe my rib cage just expands a lot throughout the day because of my vocal training? Anyway, the threat of popping snaps is minimal here since there is a lot of ease in this bodice.
And it is always fun to add a completely different silhouette to the closet! So this one is a win!
Dress: Made by me, Simplicity 1939