Yay! I did some stupid things in finishing this ‘simple’ job, but it’s done. I’d already joined all vertical seams, and marked waist and hemlines with basting stitches.
I did some careful measuring and trimming, finished the raw hem edge with a length of convenient green bemberg bias leftover from my Vogue Donna Karan jacket, and pressed and pinned the hem. I finished it by hand, as I didn’t want a messy ridge through all those hem layers. The length is bang on, shaped at the back to accomodate my little tournure. [Oo-er missus]
I found an invisible zip- I don’t like the things but I have a load that I got from the market, so never mind, and sorted that out in fairly short order, minimal fudging of the hard to avoid bodge at the bottom. I’d already pressed the marked edges under, so whizzed ahead, adding in some twill ribbon that was in the stash bag. Now of course, I topstitched it all down along the fold, and on both edges of the ribbon, covering the raw edges.
Then I actually stopped to look.
Unpicky, re-pressy, re-trimmy, re-stitchy.
And here it is. The wife had trouble getting the zip done up, I think some of the ease was spoiled by the twill ribbon, but never mind, it’s fine. Should the zip decide to be annoying, I’ll replace it with hooks and a modesty piece. No sweat.
I think the length is bang on- what do you think?