Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sewing Class: Invisible Zipper, Blind Hem, Green Skirt

Look!!

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My very first invisible zipper!! Take a better look:

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The sides of the yoke match up purrrfectly. And you can’t see the zipper! I’m so proud. Yes I am.

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I designed this skirt myself, inspired by juebejue’s take on the A Plus A Line skirt at Burdastyle. Even though it was a free download, The Selfish Seamstress made some very valid and thought-provoking comments about the waste of paper caused by printing this pattern (it’s about 50 or 60 pages!), and I was planning to eliminate the pleats anyway. So, my A line skirt journey started in my garment design software and required eliminating darts in favor of a yoke, lots of fitting, and learning some new skills, like the invisible zipper (thank you, FTLOC) and a hand-stitched blind hem (thank you, Craftsy class!). I started drafting and finished it in less than a day (thank you, elementary school and naptime). I am very happy with the result, and have worn it out of the house. And it still looked good when I got home. Hooray!! It’s made of stretch sateen purchased at Joann’s, FYI.

Inside out, you can see the vintage stretch lace hem tape I used. But on the outside you see… nothing!! It’s blind!

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Both the yoke topstitching and the partial lining understitching were accomplished using my edge-joining foot, which made them easy and perfectly parallel to the seam.

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Since I opted not to line below the yoke (I didn’t have a suitable lining material on hand), I came up with a trick to enclose the scratchy tail of the zipper. Wrap and stitch the end with scrap fabric, and attach it to the seam allowances. Easy peasy. Comfy… wumfy?

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Seriously, this was an ego boost. I can make things! Nice-looking, professional, very wearable finished things! I want to sew more.

What are you working on these days? Where does your inspiration come from? (I want to know!!)

3 comments:

Jodi Bonjour said...

Perfection.

You are lovely, the green is perfect and the whole outfit adorable.

And your CONSTRUCTION!!!! Karen!!! :) You are FREAKING AMAZING!

Sandsdal said...

Uhhhh la la! :)

Betsy said...

You look amazing in those photos! So professional and chic and put-together! I'm so impressed with the skirt! Well done. You're such an inspiration to me :)