Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Project: My invisible zipper

Here is a sneak peak at my shirt. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have cropped out the part of the zipper that's not quite straight. This fabric is super slippery and I did not do a perfect job. But I think the best way to learn how to do something is to learn the hard way.

When my Dad taught me how to drive did he let me learn in the family sedan? No. He made me drive the monster Dodge Ram full-sized pickup truck through the tiny streets of our neighborhood. Were pedestrians leaping off the sidewalk and into the safety of their shrubbery? Yes. But I honestly think I'm a better driver because of it. And I'm not making that part about the sidewalks up. I really did drive up on the sidewalk. Listen, that's a big vehicle and that was a tight corner.

Anyway, if you're going to sew in a zipper after never having done it before, why start on muslin or thick cotton? That's too easy. Around here, we go for the gold (or in this case faux satin shantung).

I read a million tutorials online and watched 400,000 videos on YouTube but the most helpful piece was this one on Sew, Mama, Sew.


Katie said...

Impressive. There are definitely some techniques that still freak me out a bit...this would be one of them. Nice Work:)

Petals said...

I fear zippers and avoid them as much as I possibly can.

Anonymous said...

Is this really your first zipper?? That really surprises me. It is gorgeous - nice work. Can't wait to see the finished result.

Beth Lemon said...

Thanks! It wasn't so bad. That tutorial is really good. I'm going to do my second one tomorrow on some nice dotted swiss so I think that will go much better. It's not an invisible zipper but I'm going to do the same technique.