It is view 3 of Colette Ginger, so bias cut with a plain but high waistband.
I lined it with blackand white pin-dots.
It will be hemmed with gingham bias binding.
And this is my first ever invisible zip fastening, which is, frankly, a thing of beauty to behold, thanks to the Colette online tutorial.
This time I had a full metre of fabric... but I hadn't realised it was only 45" wide, not 60" as before. Nooooooooo!
Any ideas I might have had about matching my mushrooms were curtailed. I didn't even have enough fabric to line the waistband! Luckily I had some plain purple cotton leftover from a previous project.
So, yes, everything was going pretty well. There were fungi cartwheeling trippily on the bias, there was a danged sharp turn at the top of my waistband, and fizzy dots in my lining.
And then I went to try it on.
And this is how far my zip ascends...
This far, and no further.
It was operating perfectly smoothly until now. I have tweaked it, I have prodded it, I have used brute force, but it will go no higher. I can only imagine that I have stitched it too close to the teeth in my quest for perfection.
So now what? I don't want to risk unpicking it as I think the bias-cut fabric will stretch out of shape in the process.
I am thinking of sewing on a piece of corset tape for a funky hook-and-eye feature centre back?
Or maybe a couple of fabric loops and buttons, as on the back of the Lisette Portfolio?
Tell me sew-ists: what would YOU do?