Welcome back for day 4 of the sew along, you can catch up on day 1, day 2, and day 3 anytime as well.
It’s zipper day! Don’t be afraid, take some deep breaths, whatever you have to do to get your game face on. I can tell you that my second time sewing the zipper was much better and went smoother than the first time, but both worked out great and I’ve got two wearable skirts.
Inserting the zipper:
First you need to baste the rest of the back skirt seam from the notch you sewed up to earlier all the way up to the top of the waistband. Basting again is the longest stitch length on your machine.
Flip the skirt so that you have the left seam allowance all the way to the left, pulling the rest of the skirt to the right.
Pin the opened zipper in place to the seam allowance only. Teeth and pull tab should be facing down with the teeth centered on the center seam.
Starting from the bottom of the zipper, using your zipper foot, baste the zipper along that left seam allowance (it looks like the right seam allowance, but it’s because I’m sewing it from the bottom of the zipper to the top).
Next, flip your zipper out to the side and you’ll have a tiny little bit of fabric peeking through from the seam allowance that you’ll sew along (see that little green line above?).
Now, flip the zipper face down over the right seam allowance now. Pin it in place through all the layers (zipper tape, seam allowance and skirt).
From the RIGHT side of the skirt, baste in place. I think they recommend hand basting, but I cheated and used a basting stitch on my machine. (I didn’t take a picture of the basting, but you can see it in the picture below:)
Now sew with a regular stitch starting by making a line perpendicular to the center back skirt seam at the bottom of the zipper about 3/8″ of an inch or so, then pivoting and continuing to sew up towards the top of the skirt all the way to the top of the waistband along the zipper. You’re sewing right next to the zipper teeth (which you can’t see, but they’re under the fabric, just feel for them) and be sure not to sew into them otherwise your zipper won’t open! Remove basting stitches from the previous step.
Use your seam ripper and open up the basting stitch and you should reveal a lovely little zipper all finished and ready!
**Here’s the nitty gritty. If you’re super stressed about the zipper again, practice on a piece of junk fabric and zipper. Just use two pieces of fabric sewn with a 5/8″ seam allowance. You might be surprised how much more comfortable you’ll feel doing it on your actual garment after you’ve practiced. Trust me that trying new things will not only help you learn, but that you get a huge sense of accomplishment once you’ve done it.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to put your pictures in my flickr group and you can add notes and ask questions right with your actual photo, of course ask questions in the comments section too, but I know sometimes it’s just easier to show what you’re working with compared to trying to explain it all.
I really want you all to succeed with this! ♥
[I'm going to run this sew along a little differently than my typical blog posts, if you have any questions or comments or suggestions/tips please leave them in the comments section and I'll respond to them there. Usually I like to reply to comments directly by email when time allows, but this way the info will be there for anyone who joins along.]