I thought I'd get a good photo and then post this, but that didn't happen, so i'll try to take photos over the weekend. I got the zipper in on tuesday night, woohoo! it went in pretty smoothly and was much easier than i thought it would be. although i did have one hang up… i sewed it so that the zipper would be sandwiched (mmmh, sandwiches, is it time for lunch yet?) between the inside facing and the outside of the garment, but the zipper would catch on the bottom of the facing and not zip up further, so i had to undo one side and i plan on sewing that part of the facing back down by hand so that it doesn't catch. the other side was fine and didn't catch. I also took the top in by about an inch so the neck wouldn't gape as much.
drum roll… it fits!!! i was pretty worried after all of those adjustments, but it looks much better than i thought it would. it might not even need a belt! i just need to hem it and then hopefully i'll try to wear it one day next week (and take photos). Anyone have any nifty tricks for achieving an even hem?
and then i was thinking, wait, what shoes will i wear with this?! the dress is like a light lime green (they call it "citrine") and medium chocolate brown. (See previous post for photos of the fabric.) looking though my shoes, they're either too winter-y (it's hot here - in the 90s right now and that's fahrenheit for those of you using celsius), too casual, too dressy, not the right brown… nothing quite right = excuse to buy new shoes? I think the dress might look best with some dressy/casual brown sandals that are flat or low (i'm tall and i don't really wear heels to work and this is a wear-to-work type dress for me). I'm going to browse zappos, anyone have any cute shoe ideas?
do you think about what you'll wear something with Before you sew it? Or do you just buy whatever fabric you're drawn to and then figure out the rest later? I think I'll do a little planning next time!