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…


43 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 πŸ™‚

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

      Haha, yep, it is a nice brooch – thank you! πŸ˜‰

  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 πŸ˜‰

  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!) πŸ™‚

    • 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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

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


  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 πŸ˜‰

  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! πŸ˜‰

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

    Great color and fit – very Mad Men! I have some fabric from 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.

  22. Sassy T October 9, 2014 at 5:32 AM #

    Love the dress and colour! Would you mind me featuring any of your projects on SSB? I credit, link to your post and let you know when featured.

    • ZoSews October 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

      Thanks! Not a problem 😊 thanks for asking!


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