Wiggling in wool

20 Oct

A long, long time ago I finished a satin polyester muslin of Gertie’s Wiggle Dress. It fit – huzzah! I cracked straight into a wool crepe version and powered on through. Until it came to the hand sewing of the hem, zipper and sleeves. That all sat to the side for a good couple of months.

Anyhoo, it’s finished now, so I thought I’d share some pics with y’all.

Now I got a little editing happy with the photos, please excuse the frivolity! The man in my life told me I looked like an air hostess from the 50s, so I thought I’d run with it hahaha.

Gertie's wiggle dress by ZoSews

Please locate your nearest exit.

I find that taking pictures for the blog give a 30 year old lady an excuse to play dress ups – and what’s wrong with that ey?!

Gertie's wiggle dress by ZoSews

The lovely brooch I won in a giveaway from the delightful JuliaBobbin, shoes are from Wittner and pilfered from a friend just for these photos and I used the satin bias binding kindly sent to me from Alacraft to bind all the hems (skirt and sleeves). The binding was easy to sew and added a nice finishing touch compared to overlocking I think.

You can see most detail about the make in the previous version for this dress. Those darstedly gussets were just as tricky too!

Now I gotta run so I can insert my zip into Anna and finish up the Sewalong!

Z xx

PS – Anyone else doing the Anna sewalong? I’ve been trying to comment on the blog posts but no joy…

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41 Responses to “Wiggling in wool”

  1. Julia Bobbin October 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM #

    How have you kept us away from this masterpiece!! This is the best wiggle I have seen. So perfectly fitted and the colour is an absolute knockout. Love the vintage touch with the brooch. Stunning creation Miss Zoe :)

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

      Haha, yep, it is a nice brooch – thank you! ;)

  2. Sabs October 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM #

    You look amazeballs!! The fit is perfect and that colour – wow! You should permanently pilfer those shoes just for this dress (….but you didn’t hear me say that, ok?)

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM #

      Hahaha, maybe I’ll have to just ‘forget’ to give them back ;)

  3. sewamysew October 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM #

    I was just doing some research on this dress this week, I’ve got some lovely brocade that I was thinking about for it. This version is beautiful, the colour is insanely gorgeous and the fit is perfection.

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM #

      Thank you! Brocade would be divine!

  4. ooobop! October 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

    What an amazing fit! Gorgeous colour too. You look stunning Ms Zo! Can I just ask, did you underline or line the wool crepe? Just about to make a similar fitted dress and I can’t decide what to do (ie making lots of excuses not to start!) :-)

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM #

      Thanks Ms Ooobop! I actually didn’t underline (or line) – I considered it, but read something, somewhere advising against it. TBC on whether that was a good decision or not… Go for it!!

  5. Lulu October 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM #

    Hot hot hot dress zo.
    Nice work!

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM #

      Oww thanks Lulu xx

  6. Blogless Anna October 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

    Love the dress and the styling. I think those shoes need to live at your house permanently.

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM #

      Thanks Anna! Maybe I’ll forget to give them back… mwah ha ha ha. Nah, never :)

  7. Kirsty October 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM #

    Oh my god! you look amazing!! fab fit and a great colour on you.

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM #

      Oh my god, I love your excitement! Thank you :)

  8. sewmanju October 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM #

    Wow that is one bomb of a dress. Fits to perfection and what a fab colour!

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

      Thank you muchly!

  9. Bec October 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM #

    Gorgeous! Love the colour reoooww
    I should really start my silk Anna.. hmm

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM #

      Lol, thank you :)

  10. lisa g October 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM #

    wow! great color, great fit!

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM #

      Thanks Lisa! :)

  11. Stephanie October 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM #

    Gorgeous.. Fit and colour. And I don’t think you look like a hostie at all.

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM #

      Thanks Stephanie :)

  12. Kelly October 21, 2013 at 4:18 AM #

    Beautiful! I love the color on you. Isn’t it amazing how those last few steps are just so hard to get done??

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM #

      You know it! Took me forever to build up for all that hand sewing!!

  13. gingermakes October 21, 2013 at 6:42 AM #

    Absolutely lovely! This is so killer!

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM #

      Why thank you :)

  14. sewlittletime October 21, 2013 at 11:29 PM #

    amazing. you look fabulous (and very pan-am!)

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM #

      Thanks so much :)

  15. andrearuglys October 22, 2013 at 8:33 AM #

    Lovely looking dress. Wool crepe is great to work with isn’t it?

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM #

      Oh yes, it was an absolute dream! Especially off the back of the satin poly – phew!

  16. foamofdays October 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

    Perfect fit! Love the colour too..All in all it’s a gorgeous dress!

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM #

      Thanks muchly :)

  17. veronicadarling (@veronicadarling) October 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM #

    Gorgeous!

  18. Gjeometry October 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

    Oooh, absolutely stunning!! The inside looks so nice as well. It fits you perfectly and is a terrific colour. WINS on all counts!

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM #

      Thanks! Winners are grinners ;)

  19. Jennifer @ Workroom Social October 25, 2013 at 3:38 AM #

    Now that’s a look-at-me! dress!! Love it!

    • ZoSews October 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM #

      Haha, thank Jennifer!! I’ll have to make sure I’m in a look-at-me mood when I wear it! ;)

  20. Lisa November 2, 2013 at 7:13 AM #

    Great color and fit – very Mad Men! I have some fabric from http://www.organiccottonplus.com that might work for this project

  21. Kate November 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    I love this dress! You seriously look so great!

    I am currently running a Concrete Necklace giveaway, if you are interested.

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