Well, I hate to say "every"time, because, sure enough, the next time I do this I will have to rip it out! BUT, this is definitely my favorite zipper application. And for me, it comes out great every time and is much easier than invisible or centered. I have tried several different methods for doing the lapped zipper, but my favorite method is the little direction sheet that comes inside the Coats and Clark zippers. If you've shied away from lapped zippers, try this method and you will be hooked. In order to get a straight stitching line, I used 3/4" scotch tape and drew a line right down the center of the tape with a pen. I then put this line on the seam line and stitched right next to it. This worked better for me than using 1/2" tape, since sometimes the 1/2" doesn't catch the full seam allowance in the edge. Also, I always use a longer zipper than it calls for and then cut off the top after I sew on the waist band or facing. Did you hear me? I said "AFTER!" Do not cut it off before, or you might do something stupid like try on those pants or that skirt and forget that the top is cut off and then you'll pull that zipper tab right off the zipper. Not that I know anyone who has ever done that. Twice.
Anyway, what am I making with this bright green paisley? Well, I was inspired by Cidell, Carolyn, Marji, and Lindsay's skirts, so even though I wasn't invited to the party (LOL) I decided I was going to jump on that bandwagon too. And here's another reason I love BWOF. Their "skirting around" large print skirts were inspired by a recent issue of Lucky Magazine. Now we all know that Lucky has the latest and greatest trendy looks. However, when I decided to look through my collection of BWOFs to decide on a pencil skirt pattern, look what I found from March of '08. That's right, large floral print pencil skirt. I've always felt like BWOF was ahead of the trends, and I'll bet if I look back in earlier issues, I'll find similar styles! Anyway, after much looking around, I decided to go with my old standby (yes, I have a TNT!) skirt pattern, MCCalls 3830.
I suppose I could have matched the print better, but I figure this is good enough. I really wanted to find a larger print, but there were none to be found locally. I still think this will be a cute skirt.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Posted by Nancy Winningham at 10:00 PM