As I mentioned last post, today's project was finishing up McCall's 3830 TNT pencil skirt for my Mother. I hand stitched the hem, the lining to the zipper, made french tacks at the side seams, and tacked the facing down (so she needn't have to bother with the facing flipping out on her). Hand stitching lends itself beautifully to movie watching don't you know. The invisible zipper went in without a glitch. I'd searched high and low for a completely understandable zipper tutorial and finally found one. May I say again - THE COLETTE ZIPPER TUTORIAL is FABULOUS!
I know there are lots of people who have no problem with invisible zippers whatsoever; but for those who may still be struggling with them, here are two points that make this tutorial work so well for me:
- it made me understand that not all invisible zippers are 5/8" wide - even though the zipper (opening) seam allowance is
- it let me know exactly where to place the zipper in relationship to the edge of the fabric
- I run a 1 inch basting stitch 5/8" along the top of the zipper seam, and another basting stitch 5/8" from the outer edge of the zipper (opening) seam allowance. So it looks something like this
- I also interface the zipper opening (seam allowance) from the top to way past my marking that denotes where the zipper is supposed to stop. Interfacing past the bottom zipper mark has helped me avoid that pesky "bump" that often occurs where the zipper ends
- I use an invisible zipper foot as the tutorial suggests and a generic adjustable (SKINNY) zipper foot to finish up the process.
|I purchased my SKINNY zipper foot at Hancock's for less than $5.00, and it fits several of my different brand machines. I picked up two of them - you know, just in case...|
So here's the pencil skirt for my Mother. Same fabric that I used to make one for myself a couple of months ago - her's is just longer cause she likes it that way.
|We can thank Ebony who gifted me the fabric, it was more than enough for two pencil skirts!|
I originally planned to make two skirts in a production line manner, but it didn't work out that way. I've already got the zipper installed in the second skirt, so now I need to finish it up. I figured a black wool skirt would be a great basic for my closet...