Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pickstitched Zipper and Re-Give Away Winner!

Well, I am just about where I want to be with the dress. And here is my beautiful hand picked zipper.

Isn't it lovely?  I used Susan Khalje's tutorial from Threads. Really it was not hard to do and seems very secure. In fact, I may have saved time by hand sewing, since I normally end up wrestling with a zipper before getting it right. One really great tip that I picked up from Kenneth King was to use masking or painters tape to help you make your stitches even - cut the tape however wide you want the stitches away from CB and then mark every 1/4" to 3/8" on the tape so you know where to make each stitch. My stitches are 1/4" apart, and 1/4" away from CB. I used painters tape after carefully testing that it would not leave any mark or residue on the fabric.

And now for the Re-Give Away!
Since the lovely Dr Kiang is in town visiting me, I let her pull a name from my new purple aligator clutch.

Allie Mae, Threads #135 is yours. Congrats! Just let me know where to send it and I'll get it in the mail asap. Email me at Clio[dot]Phineas[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have a great weekend everyone! On Sunday, I'll be sewing my up the dress. More then!


Karin said...

Your zipper insertion is smooth as silk! Everything is going beautifully in this dress. I'm thinking this is one you will keep forever and ever.

Eugenia said...

The zipper looks lovely - your careful work does justice to the beautiful fabric. Your dress is going to be a real couture garment!

Sheila said...

Yes, that zipper is perfection and one of the reasons I like hand sewing, which provides better control. The dress is coming along nicely.

Candice said...

This zipper application is beautiful!!!!

gwensews said...

Nice job on the zipper. Hand-picked zips are so couture, and isn't it wonderful that they don't pucker the fabric or twist it and other things that happen to machine zips?