What to do. Make something else!
Like... maybe a skirt?
Good idea. Here we go:
I'm really pleased how this came out. It's a length I like on me. I tried to make this pattern before (my grey inverted pleat skirt) but messed up the pattern piece for the second version. This is basically version number 3.
This is also my first lapped zip. I had always tried to do invisible zips before, or whatever the technique was that I was going for. I'm not really too sure about that point to be honest.
The idea was to do this type of zip in a workshop given by a friend of mine. I ended up taking another fabric along to this.
But my sewing machine manual gives detailed instructions on this kind of zip. With plenty of graphics. I like a good graphic or two (dozen), they're right up my street.
It went beautifully!
I am exceedingly happy with the evenness of the two halves of the back: to the left and to the right of the zip. It is so easily done to have one side be higher than the other. My solution to getting around this problem: I put the zip in first, and only then attached the two facings that fold inside.
The first facing is easy: plonk it in any which way you like. The tricky one is obviously the second one. I had pinned this and checked very carefully when I put the sewing machine needle down. I'm sure I corrected the needle placement at least once before I ever started sewing. You can also swivel things round if you feel like it when you have the needle in the fabric - so you can check a different angle, if you feel this helps. Make sure you're happy with where this second seam is going to be, and you're good to go!
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I have to say though that I cut the lining too small for the front and found that I couldn't attach it to the facings very well at all. I ended up pushing this piece under the facing and sewing on the right side. Which would have been okay, except I attached it correctly at the bank. There is some very unsightly bunching going on at the change from front to back. I learnt something else: if you do a thing one way, don't suddenly go and do it a different way in another part of the garment when those two areas need to be attached to each other.
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I am already blogging about this though I still have to fix one issue. I twisted the bottom of the lining a bit and want to un-do that half. It shouldn't take long to do and it also looks done. So there.
Nice little summer skirt for next year.