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« Reply #1300 on: May 09, 2011 06:57:30 AM »

Wow, APM, I'm impressed!  It can be hard to make a strapless fit well enough that it doesn't fall off. Smiley  I'm guessing that the part of the back with the ripply zipper just isn't as snug as the rest of the back.

I don't know what sort of zipper insertion your instructions had, but here's my favorite method (in large part because it allows for some last-minute adjustments if you do the zipper last - which is a bigger pain to sew, but, again, lets you do the last-minute thing):

Baste the whole back seam.  (That is, sew it with a long stitch that will hold it together but be easy to tear out.)  If you have a helper, you can try the item on, pin it exactly how it needs to be, and mark it.  (Then you have to take the pins back out to get it off.)  Iron the seam allowance open.  Place the zipper on the inside, centered on the seam allowance, with the WRONG side of the zipper facing you.  (So the zipper teeth should be centered right on the stitching line.)  Now, one at a time, sew the sides of the zipper (with a regular stitch length) to the seam allowance only (not to the main fabric).  I'm not sure why you do this part.  I think it just makes it more secure.  Now turn the garment to the right side and topstitch the zipper on both sides of the teeth.  (If there was more seam than just where the zipper goes, be sure to go back over it with a regular stitch.)  Then carefully tear out your basting stitches.

The zipper won't show, and it's really easy to get it in place.

Oh!  And another, totally unrelated tip that many people won't know if they aren't "officially" taught to sew is to always press your seam allowances either open or to the side.  The difference in how "polished"  the finished product is, is amazing!
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« Reply #1301 on: May 09, 2011 07:18:41 AM »

Loving the stash busting quilts!  RLB--the colors are wonderful and I love how you did the back!
I am trying not to  buy more fabric to finish the backs of the quilts I made...amazing what you can put together when you "have" to! Cheesy

Love the bottlecap pincushions and needlebooks!  I make pincushions using mayo and peanutbutter jar caps--the bottlecaps are so cute, though! Nice job spiffylink.

aprettyness--love the dress! So flirty and cute!

scrappysue--you definitely have inspired me to use up the small bits and pieces of fabric that I have been saving for years...I try to save a piece of fabric from every project I make, so I have tons!  It would be a memory quilt for me!

bananaleg--what great colors for your afghan!  Can't wait to see it done!

A2JC4life--great tips!  I agree--pressing should never be skipped if you want a polished look...also, most threads have a polyester core...pressing sets the thread...I am not a fan of the centered zipper because I think it is too easy to make the seams uneven and the zipper teeth can still show through...I prefer a lapped zipper insertion---I just think it takes practice and the more you make, the easier it gets! The lapped zipper also begins with basting the seam first and pressing...that tip alone makes the zippers nicer to work with!

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« Reply #1302 on: May 09, 2011 07:25:39 AM »

I prefer a lapped zipper insertion---I just think it takes practice and the more you make, the easier it gets! The lapped zipper also begins with basting the seam first and pressing...that tip alone makes the zippers nicer to work with!

I don't think I'm familiar with this one ('though maybe I just don't know what it's called).  Off to google! Smiley
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« Reply #1303 on: May 09, 2011 07:30:51 AM »

I took Home Economics in high school ...I had a zipper nazi for a teacher but I am now grateful to her!  We had to do sample zippers before we could pass...I literally think I can put in zippers in my sleep! Cheesy
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« Reply #1304 on: May 09, 2011 08:09:00 AM »

I found a tutorial on the Burda site for a lapped zipper, but I don't understand it.   Huh

Is there another name for the pocket you're talking about, CLM?  Most of what comes up in a search isn't even related to pockets. (It's drapery casings, guns, etc.)  This page, though, uses the term "continental pocket" for the type of pocket you find in the hip of your blue jeans.  So I wonder if terminology varies from location to location?
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« Reply #1305 on: May 09, 2011 09:23:37 AM »

Our fabric store employees are exceedingly unhelpful.   Roll Eyes  I might be better off asking another shopper! lol
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« Reply #1306 on: May 09, 2011 12:48:05 PM »

I think the Burda instructions are confusing!  I do not do it that way at all! It is the best zipper for pants as it is super strong and won't fall open to show the teeth...now, some people like showing off the zipper...but if you can't find a zipper to match your fabric, this hides it well!  Not even the tab shows...I should do a mini tutorial on this...it really is a nice look if you are polishing your techniques!

CLM--ugh...I hated tailoring classes...too slow!  I do admire it and use some of the things, but for most things, fast and easy is the way to go!  Clothes change too quickly for me to spend the time...unless it is for a coat or something I will keep for years!
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« Reply #1307 on: May 09, 2011 04:44:26 PM »

I just discovered this DeStash-Along thread! And May's theme goes perfect with a destash project I just finished.  What better way to get rid of some baby yarn than to make a baby blanket?  No one I know is currently having a baby. (at least not a girl) But I really wanted to use up that yarn.




I loved the pattern! Even though my blanket came out super small! Its only 20" x 21" >.<  And the pet shop doll is only there for cuteness factor. :3
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« Reply #1308 on: May 09, 2011 04:54:48 PM »

wowie! thanks for the tips. i am a bit confused about the types of zipper insertions though.
i wore the dress today and most people had no idea what was "wrong" till i pointed it out. a few of the ladies are famliar with sewing and it seemed to be that my torso is indeed too short lol.

but all imperfections aside i felt so lovely!!!!!


Baste the whole back seam.  (That is, sew it with a long stitch that will hold it together but be easy to tear out.)  If you have a helper, you can try the item on, pin it exactly how it needs to be, and mark it.  (Then you have to take the pins back out to get it off.)  Iron the seam allowance open.  Place the zipper on the inside, centered on the seam allowance, with the WRONG side of the zipper facing you. (So the zipper teeth should be centered right on the stitching line.)  Now, one at a time, sew the sides of the zipper (with a regular stitch length) to the seam allowance only (not to the main fabric).  I'm not sure why you do this part.  I think it just makes it more secure.  Now turn the garment to the right side and topstitch the zipper on both sides of the teeth.  (If there was more seam than just where the zipper goes, be sure to go back over it with a regular stitch.)  Then carefully tear out your basting stitches.

The zipper won't show, and it's really easy to get it in place.

ill try that with my next dress  Cool

i read this like 10x before i understood it all lol... but now it sounds so easy... and i imagine it will keep all my horizontal seams straight
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« Reply #1309 on: May 09, 2011 06:09:22 PM »

i read this like 10x before i understood it all lol... but now it sounds so easy... and i imagine it will keep all my horizontal seams straight

Haha!  I know; it's really hard to describe with words, but it's not so complicated.  Pictures would probably have helped. Smiley

Always, I would love it if you would make a tute for the lapped zipper.  The Burda instructions were a video, for heavens sake, and I still don't understand them! lol  I followed okay about halfway through, and then she lost me.
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