I was inspired by a picture of Beyonce in a gray suede zipper trimmed wide neck dress to replace the button band with a zipper. I debated between using a leopard print sweater knit or this black jersey knit but decided to go with black because I felt the gold zipper would stand out more. I definitely prefer the way this lighter jersey drapes over the heaver knit I used for my previous one.
Originally I wanted to take the zipper around the whole neckline but I couldn’t find a metal tooth zipper long enough. So instead I decided to insert the zipper along the front and simply did a narrow hem along the back.
Inserting the zipper was even easier than the attaching neckband in my opinion. I love the way it turned out and I’d love to make another one, but this time a more casual one- maybe striped.
Pattern: The Mimi from Sew Sew Def Magazine
Pattern Description: an easy to sew batwing sleeve dress with front band and snaps.
Sizing: XXS-XXL I blended sizes from large at the bust down to a medium at the hips.
Fabric Used: Black jersey knit I had in my stash
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very
Likes: Easy dress pattern, 3 pattern piece, batwing sleeves
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I substituted a zipper for the neckband
Would I sew it again? Maybe a real casual one in a striped fabric.
Would I recommend it to others? Definitely!
Conclusion: Great dress!