Ooo eee! Zippers can be the bane of a sewist's existence, that's for sure. If you don't happen to have a copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook, which details excellent zipper insertion methods, clap your eyes on this terrific video tutorial:
Quick, easy, and painless! That's my kind of zipper insertion! Even though the technique demonstrated is for a waist zipper, it can easily be applied to the full back zip we are using for Peony.
(Just listen to that industrial Juki machine purr!!)
The Peony project schedule is as follows:
Week of October 1st: Sew-Along Kick-Off (Muslins, measurements, etc)
Week of October 8th: Fabulous Fit
Week of October 15th: It's All About Fabric!
Weeks of October 22nd - 31st: Be Our Guest
Week of November 5th: Peony Parade - be sure to upload your finished dress into the sew-along Flickr group!