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June 5, 2008

Thanks to Els’ Invisible Zipper Tutorial

Filed under: Els,Tutorials — georgene @ 7:55 pm

I am the world’s worst at sewing invisible zippers, or at least so it seems to me. It just terrifies me, I run around with my hair on fire for days, worrying about ruining the garment in question. Then the reality settles in. I have to just do it.

Thank goodness for Els’ Invisible Zipper tutorial! It has helped me immensely. Every time the panic sets in now, I just open that link, take a deep breath and just do it.

Most recently I was under the gun with Dear Daughter’s senior prom dress. Nothing like the time deadline pressure, with the added terror of silk taffeta. Silk taffeta, the fabric that does not forgive or forget! Thanks to Els’ tutorial once again to the rescue, I managed to get thru it.



  1. Glad to know I’m not alone in putting off the steps of construction that intimidate me! Thanks for the link, it is bookmarked! Great gown, by the way. Love the color!

    Comment by Kristine — June 5, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  2. Thanks for the link. I have yet to do an invisible zipper. BTW: nice dress!

    Comment by sideseams — June 5, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

  3. wow that dress is sooooo nice. Do we get to see more?! either way great job with the zipper and the dress. She looks fabulous!

    Comment by peacockchic — June 6, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  4. Gah! So pretty. I’d love to see the front. The first time I put in an invisible zipper I used that tutorial and it really did make the whole thing rather non eventful. Speaks to a good tutorial I think.

    Comment by loopylulu — June 6, 2008 @ 12:49 am

  5. I absolutely agree with you. I just did my daughter’s dress and had the troubles as well. But with the great tutorial (and some additional email help) I managed. Here are some pictures (didnt have time to post on the blog yet)
    the dress
    the zipper right side

    the zipper lining attached

    Comment by talyq — June 6, 2008 @ 4:05 am

  6. Beautiful dress!

    Comment by Maja — June 6, 2008 @ 4:40 am

  7. Georgene, she is the very image of you!

    Comment by Phyllisc — June 6, 2008 @ 6:55 am

  8. Gorgeous daughter, fantabulous job!!!!
    Congratulations to DD!!!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 6, 2008 @ 7:15 am

  9. Your daughter and the dress look marvelous!

    Comment by Summerset — June 6, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  10. Yes, ditto to all the comments above. Would love to see more photos so I can show my own DD. Pretty color—looks like a midnight blue?

    Comment by Lindsay T — June 6, 2008 @ 8:16 am

  11. My God, your daughter gets more beautiful every time I see her! The dress is absolutely stunning on her. Seems like just yesterday that she was a ‘tween.

    Comment by Gigi — June 6, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  12. Beautiful (back of the) dress! Can we see the front?

    Comment by Alexandra — June 7, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  13. Gorgeous dress and your daughter looks like she could walk on the runway as a model. Hope she will have some more opportunities in the near future to wear this beautiful dress. You did a marvellous job sewing silk taffeta.

    I am glad my tip on sewing the invisible zip was helpful.

    Comment by Els — June 7, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

  14. I’m in tears! I am working on gorgeous material with lining and I am ripping my zipper out. I have followed directions…..three different types, one at a time, for a dress and now a jumper and I cannot get it right. Please…..I need pictures and probably sympathy….and help. Thanks. Sunroksus

    Comment by sunroksus — October 24, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

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