Well after much procrastinating I finally worked up the courage to have a go at a zip - and lo and behold - it worked!!
This little top is from one of my wonderful Ottobre magazines - which til now I have just admired but not actually tried to sew anything from. A lack of clothing that fit comfortably for Miss A, led me to try my hand at this little pink number.
The fabric is probably a little stretchier than this pattern was designed for - but it seemed to work fine anyway. I got it on the bargain table at Spotlight - buy one metre get one free - so the fabric in the top probably cost me all of 50 cents.
It's always worth a look through the bargain table, you never know what you might find - my mum is very jealous that her local Spotlight don't have one.
The actual zip, of which I was so fearful, went in fine but the neck trim near the zip at the back is a little rough and will require some fine tuning for my next attempt at this pattern. Also I should remember to iron the top before she wears it, but generally I'm pretty happy with the result, and Miss A seems to be too.
This pic is not related to anything in particular - just one that I love. It was taken last week on the way to the park.
I like to think of it as "the long and the short of it!!"