The finished product (after a long day of sightseeing) - Ashton's Bed and Breakfast, New Orleans, LA
Overcasted shoulder seams in leu of serging or French seams.
Front and Back outer fabric attached
Pinning a full lining to collar (right side) in leu of collar facing.
Collar facing stitching lines transfered to lining.
Placement of the invisible zipper on the outer fabric. Teeth should be along the seam allowance (in this case, 5/8"), right sides together. Lining should be pulled out of the way.
Using an invisible zipper foot (this one came with my sewing machine), baste along the inside edge of the zipper teeth.
After invisible zipper is basted to the right side of the garment, flip the lining over the outer fabric, right sides together (should be inside out), matching raw edges and stitch along basting line.
Stitch along the basting line. Make sure you use the other side of the zipper foot and stitch along the teeth on the side closest to the raw edge.
Flip garment right side out to check zipper. If you have trouble turning the garment, close the zipper.
Full-length view of zipper, garment right side, one side attached.
Dress laid right side out, one side of zipper attached.
To attach the zipper to the other side, lay dress out as in previous photo. Then, take finished side and lay it on the unfinished side, outer fabrics (right sides) together. Next, pull the unfinished lining from under the unfinished fabric. Line teeth on seam allowance as shown and baste.
View showing proper placement of fabric and zipper. Attach zipper as with other side.
To sew the side sews of the fully-lined dress, match raw edges of outer fabric and of lining, right sides together. Sew in one long seam. Press open and overcast/serge.
Finished neckline - garment inside out.
Finished dress - garment inside out.
Finished dress (sans washing and pressing) - garment right-side out (2am)
Close-up of daisy trim
Version Two - White Lace Dress and CatTails in Michigan (on the *last* day before Labor Day aka White is Outlawed Day)
Lilly Pulitzer's Sudo-similar White Lace Shift