It's from Vogue 783, a Couturier suit design that I got from The Blue Gardenia. Here's a little (slightly fuzzy, sorry!) sneak peek of the back, which has a really cool dip at the center back waistline.
It's a high-waisted skirt that's meant to be quite fitted, and even has a sort of built-in shaper that I made of hymo interfacing with a twill waist stay. Here's a picture, mid-construction:
I originally tried a 7" invisible zipper, which I promptly broke trying to zip up. (And then I cried.) Compounding all my issues was the fact that the zipper was also too short - I could barely get the darn skirt over my hips. Well, the next day I marched myself down to Steinlauf & Stoller and bought a 22" standard zipper. I cut it down to below-hip length and then did a lapped, hand-picked zipper insertion. I followed Susan Khalje's excellent instructions on hand-picking a zipper in Threads issue #89. (There's also a related online tutorial here.) With a lapped zipper, you first sew the right side of the zipper (the side that sits under the lap) in by machine and then hand pick around the lapped side.
It worked like a charm! The waistline is very fitted, but I like the look and it's not uncomfortable. The zipper feels very sturdy. I have Lindsay T to thank for her encouraging words on hand-picked zippers!
What do you think? Are invisible zippers your friends? Frenemies? Or straight-up enemies? Do tell!