Here is sewing lesson #3, installing a centered zipper. This is a good start when working with zippers. It takes a little practice, and it may seem like an intense process, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it.
Some of you who are new to sewing may not know which of the various feet that came with your machine is the zipper foot. I created a tutorial that should help you identify the zipper foot. Please read your sewing machine manual so that you know how to change the presser foot on your machine. And so you know how to manually lower the needle.
Let’s get started.
Why are we making the samples? It’s not just to practice techniques. It’s also to be able to complete the first project. I thought about a good first project for my beginner sewists and decided a six-gore skirt is a good one. I want my students to have a go-to six-gore skirt pattern that fits well and can be used over and over. And I want you to pay almost nothing for the pattern. How can it cost almost nothing? You will draft the pattern using your own measurements.
What is needed for developing this go-to six-gore skirt pattern? Remember, I want to keep the cost to a minimum. As you develop your sewing skills, you can invest in additional tools like a French curve. In the meantime, we will use a few things found around the house and improvise. Here is what you will need:
- One sheet of 8 ½” x 11” heavy bond paper (to use to square lines)
- A pencil
- A tape measure
- A yard stick or straight rule
- Muslin fabric (cheap woven cotton, light colored). Yardage = 3 times the length of your skirt
- Thread (any color)
- Your sewing machine
- Your scissors
- Some straight pins
- A piece of ribbon, elastic or string that you can tie around your waist
Next week I will post the drafting lesson, so you have a week to get the supplies.