Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WIP Wednesday: The Invisible Zipper Edition

It's no big deal, I just I installed my first invisible zipper last night. Oh, who am I kidding?! It's totally a big deal! SQUEEE!

I'm making a Ginger skirt by Colette Patterns using this bright and happy print from the La Dee Da line by Erin Morris. I decided to get fancy and add some trim to the waist band. Full disclosure: I had binding tape already made up. It was left over from the Sew Happy Quilt and it matched perfectly so it and seemed like a good use for it. 

I used Colette's photo tutorial and video tutorials to learn how to install the zipper. Being able to refer to both was extremely helpful. I relied on the video primarily, but was grateful to be able to look at the photo tutorial when I needed a little more guidance. The zipper isn't perfect (notice how the trim on the waist band jogs a tad?) but it's pretty good for my first attempt, don't you think?

The skirt still needs to be hemmed and the inner waistband isn't attached yet. I'll write a longer post about my first skirt making experience once it's done.

Since my last WIP Wednesday post I've completed my Liberty Wiksten tank (photos pending) and that's about it, other than working on Ginger.  What with preparing for the Jewish high holidays, a work conference and several trips to the ER (everyone is fine!), there's been little time for sewing.

My weekly stats:

Liberty Wiksten Tank

In Progress
La Dee Dah Ginger Skirt
Curious Nature quilt - no progress
Sew Intertwined quilt -working on my woven blocks
Flora Charm Quilt - no progress
Farmer's Wife QAL - I cut out fabric for two more blocks and started stitching one up during a meeting last night.

Hibernating projects
Levi's Growth Chart - no progress
NY Beauty QAL - no progress
We Bee Learning Bee/Levi's Bed Quilt - I received my final block. Now I need to make a bunch more.
In the Queue
Sewing Summit Quilted Name Tag
Sewing Summit Tote bag
Kona Sea Bundle quilt 
I'm linking up with  Freshly Pieced and the Canadian Needle and Thread Network this week. Check them out!


  1. Excellent job with the zipper. It's something you have to do a few times before you get the hang of inserting them:)

  2. Lisa that is a great first zipper, I really like the fabric.

  3. I think you did fine for a first zipper !

  4. Glad to hear everyone's okay, Lisa. Well done with that zipper! I LOVE those fabrics you used for the skirt.

  5. That is gonna be a cool skirt!