For as long as I can remember, I have been sewing in my invisible zippers with a Singer Zipper foot that fits on my Janome sewing machine (below right). It bounces around a bit, but it’s ok. A few months ago I purchased this “Unique” brand package. A plastic Zipper Foot with a variety of shanks to fit any machine – supposedly useful for sewing in invisible zippers! Sorry… I found using my Singer Zipper foot to be more accurate.
I recently decided that it was time to splurge. After searching for a Janome Invisible Zipper foot – only to discover there was no such thing – I found a Janome Concealed Zipper foot… and I bought it, despite it’s silly name!
It’s time to show you my finished dress that I started posting about here! I missed the deadline for The Monthly Stitch, but I was able to enter my dress in Patternreview’s Pattern Stash contest. Don’t you just love sewing under pressure?
I used an old pattern from my stash – Butterick B4598. I cannot find it on the Butterick website, it must be old. I chose the view with the round neckline and the short sleeves, then I took more liberties with the pattern (surprise, surprise). I didn’t have any linen in my stash so I used a black and white Barcelona (95% polyester and 5% spandex) and a black Ponte de Roma (72% polyester and 28% rayon). The polyester/rayon didn’t have as much stretch as the polyester/spandex, but they looked well together.
I have gotten into the habit of writing down the name, fabric content and cleaning instructions when I buy fabric. After spending almost all my life roaming through fabric stores and dragging my hand over the material to decide what I wanted, I am not comfortable with buying on-line. It’s very difficult to touch the fabric on-line! So, if I have an idea what a Ponte de Roma (72% polyester and 28% rayon) feels and hangs like because I have bought it before and still have a sample and notes on it, I will be happy to buy something similar on-line in the future!