All in all, things went smoothly on day one. I sewed the bodice and attached the lining, I attached it to the skirt (or vice versa, depending how you look at things). My goal for Saturday was to complete all steps up to the zipper. The zipper I would leave for when I was well-rested and fresh (Sunday).
After about four hours of sewing (not bad) I was ready to call it a day. Not only had I reached my sewing goal, I was also starting to feel slightly impatient. Impatience and sewing do not mix, and it was time to do something else.
A late lunch, a concert, a glass of wine, and a good night's sleep put me in a good position to confront this on Sunday morning:
Yup, you're seeing that correctly. The two backs of the bodice don't meet at the same height. WTF? How could I have sewn them so crookedly? Did I cut them wrong? Rip, rip, rip, and off came the bodice from the skirt.
It was only then that I discovered the real mistake. When I topstitched around the neck, I accidentally took in a bunch of fabric on one side of the right-hand neck edge (you can see it if you look carefully at the photo). That was easy to fix. I simply removed and replaced the topstitching along that side.
Removing the bodice also allowed me to realign it perfectly with skirt, and correct a slight (about 1/8th-inch) skewing where the seams met. I probably would not have done that otherwise. All in all, not a bad move.
Then I confronted my biggest sewing fear: the zipper. First, Ihough, I prepared. I read (twice) these instructions. I made sure that I understood them. I measured the allowance, pinned in my zipper, and checked it twice. Then I sewed. Let me tell you: this zipper foot is the bomb! It kept my stitches straight and close to the zipper teeth. [Wouldn't it be great if I had a picture of all this? Yeah, um, well, it wasn't my smartest bloggy move. Let me tell you, I was a woman on a mission with this zipper, and sometimes women on a mission can't stop to take photos.]
Then I did the same for the other side. Following the instructions exactly resulted in some wonkyness at the bottom of the zipper. I took out the seam, re-pinned the other side, and proceeded to sew it in the same fashion as I did the first time. Success!
One zipper: in and invisible!