Monday, 7 May 2012

Zipping around

One of the reasons that being a beginner is good, is that sheer ignorance can lead to over confidence. This can result in achieving things that more experienced sewers would run away from. Learning more dents the confidence.

Thus it was for me: with blind ignorance I bought myself an invisible zipper to use on my skirt. It was only really through reading other blogs and hearing people struggling with placing them, even when experienced, that I began to go..."Hmmm...maybe this wasn't such a bright idea".

so when I pinned the skirt, turned it inside out, and saw how visible the "invisible" was, I realised that there was a teeny bit of a problem.

I did what I do best, and cheated. Instead of going out and buying the invisible zipper foot, which would have made things a lot easier, I pinned it into place and hand sewed it as close to the zipper as possible. I am shamelessly unrepentant, as it's lead to a pretty nice looking zipper that is invisible! No photos to prove it though - I need to iron it into place first and then, since all that's left to do at this stage is the hem, I'm going to reveal all in the final post on the matter.

It's so close now! It fits really well and is so comfortable on. I'm really happy with it! there are a few blemishes, but nothing that I won't get better at with practice, and for a first attempt, I'm not going to beat myself up over a couple of seams that aren't perfectly in line. I think I'd be the only person to really notice anyway. Fingers crossed that I can wear it to work one day this week!


  1. It's not cheating if it works! Nice one.


  2. Clever thinking! An invisible zipper foot makes all the difference in the world. I went through a phase where I couldn't remember how to do a normal zip, because I'd done so many allegedly tricky invisible ones.