It was a cutting weekend…

… but I had a chance to sew too!

I was cutting out my DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER outfit, when I realized that I did not have any lining in my fabric stash at all!  Oh poor me, this meant a trip to the fabric shop on Black Friday weekend!

I found this lovely lining.  I wish I had written down the fabric content.  If I don’t, it’s impossible for me to remember afterwards.  The most I can remember is that it was mostly “Bamberg something” with a bit of polyester.  That’s all I can remember.  But it’s going to look and feel lovely inside my DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER skirt.

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I have found the pattern I would like to use to copy my DESIGNER ORIGINAL.

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Of course, I am going to have to make some alterations to my pattern – New Look 6433, view A, a simple pencil skirt.  I don’t really like wearing pencil skirts so I look forward to making the zipper modification – I suppose that would be called a gusset zipper.

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I cut out the skirt front and back and sewed the waist line darts EXCEPT for the one on the right front – that was replaced by a seam with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

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See on the left a dart and on the right the basted seam.

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I pinned my zipper on the inside of that basted seam, right side down and with the closed end at the top of my skirt.  I made sure to leave a 3″  properly sewn seam at the top of my zipper, then my zipper reached all the way to the 24″ length of the skirt.  Right where I wanted my hem to be.  I love the pull on this zipper.  It’s so obvious!

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After the zipper was sewn in, I snipped open the basted seam carefully.

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I now have a working (upside down) zipper in my skirt.

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Now for the gusset inside.  I’ve done gusset zippers before here, but I had forgotten until this writing.  I cut a strip of fabric much wider than I would want my opening to be, just to be safe, ironed a centre line into it, and placed both zipper edges on that centre line.  Then I carefully dragged one side out 3″ at the bottom, making sure that all the way up the zipper the gap narrowed.  I suppose I could have drawn that line on the gusset itself, but I was having difficulty finding a fabric marker that would erase afterwards.

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I carefully dragged the other side out the exact same distance from the centre line and pinned it too.

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I flipped my skirt front over for a peek at the wrong side and found that my gusset  was actually the right size to accommodate a 6″ opening at the bottom.  After sewing it in, I trimmed the excess away and zig zagged the edges so they wouldn’t fray.

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My zipper works!  Up and down!  Ohh!  I have choices!

As I said, it was Black Friday weekend shopping.  I could purchase all the fabric I liked at 50% off.  But besides my lining, this was my only other purchase.  I bought this 100% rayon.  It feels lovely.  I can’t wait to make a dress out of it … someday!

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more of a navy blue in proper light

 

I really behaved myself Black Friday weekend shopping!  (Although, my brother-in-law figures I have permission to go nuts now during the after Christmas/Labour Day sales week.  We shall see!)

Did you add to your fabric stash this weekend?  or were you cutting and sewing?

Happy Sewing!

39 thoughts on “It was a cutting weekend…

    • This is the first time for an added zipper in a skirt for me and I really like the look! I’ll send out a detailed DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER post again the beginning of December but the idea is to pick a Designer original of any kind of garment, or accessory, and copy it yourself. I will be posting all December your Designer original photos and your copies and you post on your blog, or IG, or whatever, your details about your Designer original and your handmade copy. It’s a link up party between us. I probably have a few posts in the last few months/years explaining the details if you search for DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER. We’d be happy to have you join in!

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  1. That’s sooo nice, Linda, I love it! You’ve made a really great, personalized version of an interesting designer garment. Zippers still frighten me a tad, so I won’t be doing anything so involved as your snazzy skirt. 🙂

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  2. This is a fantastic design for a skirt – really interesting. I do like your fabric choices too – I think they’re much nicer than the original. You’ve been very restrained about Black Friday – it’s getting to be a bigger thing here in the UK.

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  3. jvandervlugt says:

    I didn’t add to my fabric stash but I added to my colour marker collection. That red plaid skirt with the red insert looks HOT. I’m looking forward to seeing you model the finished product.

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  4. Rose says:

    I do love that zipper insert concept and the material contrast is beautiful. My sewing abilities are poor, I was thinking about you as I thumbed through “very expensive” outfits on a store rack on Black Friday. Another lovely outfit in progress.

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    • Thanks! I am finding quite a lot of “modern” styles don’t ask for linings in the pattern instructions, etc. If I want linings I have to add them in myself… so often I don’t use a lining. I was wondering with this one if the wool would stick to my tights though, so I thought I would give it a try. After all for a skirt, it just means making two skirts and attaching them at the waist band!

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  5. I love the look of this skirt and I’m looking forward to seeing you model it. I didn’t buy anything in the sales when I was in London but I bought one pattern, from a local designer (Megan Nielsen patterns).

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