So, I put a concealed zipper in the LBD instead of using the instructions for a centered one. I've put in only one other concealed zipper, but lack of experience doesn't really seem to matter. It's a snap to put in an invisible zipper -- at least it is with the concealed zipper foot. I'm not sure why I haven't been using them for Daughter's dresses. It seems so sensible and they really are remarkable easy.
This is a really terrible picture, but the best I could do for now, snd I really wanted to show you how nice the zipper turned out. I'll get the dress on the dress form and take some good pictures once I've made a little more progress -- there are some fit issues that I'll need to address before this thing is even wearable. I didn't make a muslin, so I'm not really surprised. I was sort of hoping that this would be one of the Buttericks that fit me like a dream right out of the envelope. No such luck.
Only two more days to go until the contest deadline, but I think I might be able to make it. If I can make it fit nicely, I'll be happy, even if I don't get it done in time. But I'm take my best shot and put as much time into in the next couple of days as I can.
Today, though, I'm going to the Button Box -- an accordion store about 1 1/2 hour's drive from where I live. I love music and musical instruments, even though I don't play any of them better than mediocre, but I really love accordions. Especially button accordions, or melodeons as they are called in other places. Cajun, folk, traditional, polka. All use accordions as a major part of their sound and I love it! Will I buy one? Maybe a used one. But mostly I'm going to look around and enjoy music store atmosphere.