OK, that lining method worked! After sewing the dress to the lining (at the neckline and armscyes) it is easily turned right side out by pulling through the shoulder. Here it is with unfinished side and back seams:
To prepare for the insertion of zipper, leave 1.5 inches of the neckline unsewn at the center back.
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Then insert the invisible zipper. Now is not the best time to insert an invisible zip if it's your first time. Too confusing!! Those back pieces get all twisted around and I briefly thought I sewed it all wrong. Fortunately it was just twisted funny.
Then I sewed the side seams, and the hems. The final finishing at the neckline was sewn by hand. I think all that sequin sewing improved my hand sewing. This fabric was just so very nice to work with, too. All in all, very satisfying project.
The finished dress:
And that concludes almost a month of sewing for others.
I look forward to seeing the dresses on the girls. And I am thinking some dresses for me are in order.