The binding around the right armhole (left side of the picture) is 1/4" wide and the binding around the left armhole is 5/8" wide. Because it's a wider strip next to a large dark area, it helps to balance the interest on the opposite side of the garment both in the front and in the back.
I'm not sure I'd work with the crystal zipper again. It has large plastic teeth with the crystals inset and is rough to move up and down. I have to remember not to pull it up too high or I have a bear of a time getting it back down again. I plan to add a zipper stop.
The line of piping between the two black knit fabrics and the overlap of the ribbed knit onto the textured one gives simple interest to the back.
I like the way the back looks although I would be temped to make the angle of the hemlines more dramatic next time. I'll definitely sew this pattern again. I learned too much that needs to be tried out next time to not sew it again.
This armhole needs a good press and of course, it hangs much better on me than on Millicent. I overlapped the two sides and stitched in the ditch beside the binding and through all layers to hold the two together - on both sides. The front armhole needed to be scooped more to compensate for the fabric taken up in the dart.
I'm imaging a version with raw or serged edges and using - perhaps - some painted fabric where I could paint on rather than sew in the visual details. There's a lot of bulk in this garment that I'll want to find a way to eliminate in the future. Worn over a longer black t-shirt with the Origami skirt, some black tights, and heels, I think it'll make a great outfit with texture over texture.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - finished sewing with not fun fabric
But here's the unifying theme between those who find their unique talent at an early age and those for whom that talent takes a lifetime to develop; greatness never emerges outside of hard work.
- Erwin Raphael McManus