I promised you the holiday version of the Morton Salt Girl dress today and here it is. The only thing I did differently was to lengthen the skirt to make it knee-length and add a ribbon sash. Otherwise, it is the exact same dress.
Purple was the requested color, so I obliged with a dark purple (plum) taffeta and a light purple satin for the lining and ribbon sash around the middle.
And even more lucky for me, the day we did the photo shoot she had just returned from a day of "hair, make-up and nails" at her cousin's birthday party--so she was a happy camper taking pictures.
And the best part of the dress--- it twirls like a dream.
The other thing I promised today is a tutorial on how I sew in the invisible zipper so that the lining and main fabrics both have beautifully finished seams.
I start with a dress that is open all the way up the center back seam as you normally would with an invisible zipper, but has the lining sewn in at the neckline (like you can see in the picture below).
And then here's what I do.....
One thing I forgot to tell you is that after you baste that zipper in, is to cut off all that excess zipper fabric above where the zipper teeth start.
Now you are ready for Step 2.
Now flip your lining to the inside of the dress and press well.
Repeat for the left hand side of the zipper and then sew up the rest of the center back seam as you normally would.
PS--If you are looking for the pattern and tutorial to make the dress go HERE.