I’m making a dress with satin detailing–1″ wide armhole, neckline and hem edging, with the neckline edging extending down the center front and back (so that there’s effectively a 2″ wide satin inset down the center front and center back, with the respective seams down the middle). Part of me thinks that this begs for an invisible zipper down the back so that the line is absolutely smooth; but part of me also is thinking about just inserting a hand-picked zipper, since I think I’m nominally better at controlling that. Anyone have any recommendations one way or the other? And has anyone combined the two techniques, i.e. inserted an invisible by hand?
I should have enough satin that I can attempt all of the above on the muslin and see which looks best; but I figured I’d throw this one out there to all of you to see if anyone has any suggestions.