Sunday, November 25, 2012

I'll Take That Zipper and Raise You a Blind Hem

I've been feeling a bit spunky since I got my new sewing machine a couple months ago. I've been using patterns, sewing zippers, and now... I can add blind hem to my list of techniques.

My latest project uses all three! Seriously, who do I think I am lately?  Some kind of seamstress or something?!

I made this skirt from a thin wool blend that I found at a very discounted price. It came from the same place that the wool and silk skirt fabric came from.

As soon as I saw this bright turquoise I was smitten. At the time I wasn't thinking about what color tights I would wear with a bright turquoise skirt. I didn't think about it at all until I went to wear it actually. This happens to me all the time. I eventually decided on plum tights :)

The pattern I used was Burda Style A-Plus A Line. It's a free downloadable pattern. It seemed like a good idea to have a free pattern instantly because I'm a fairly very impatient person.  NEVER AGAIN! It took so long to cut the pattern pieces and tape them together. Next time I get the urge to use a pattern I will drive to the store and pay the $5 or whatever.

The pattern itself was pretty straight-forward. The most frustrating part was getting the pleats just right. They had to be completely centered and even. It makes me appreciate (even more) that time my mom made uniforms for my entire cheerleading squad (not that I didn't appreciate it then).

Drum-roll please.....

So, without further ado, here is the zipper. This is better than my last try. I'm slightly unhappy that the waist on the front and back are off a little. But I can live with that.
I'm pretty sure that the top of the zipper is not supposed to look like this on the inside. But I can live with that, too. I lined the inside of the waist with some leftover home decor fabric.

And here's my first attempt at a blind hem. I'm pretty happy about the way that came out. Not too shabby for a first try, if I do say so myself ;)


  1. Wow !! Well done you!! It looks so so great and I just LOVE the colour ( and tights !) I started making a skirt (ahem!) about eight weeks ago, came to the zip and chickened out !!!! You've done such a fab job on the zip !!

    Looking forward to following and being inspired !!

    Siubhán x

  2. Very Cute- Just found you on Love and Laundry and now following :)


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