Classic full skirt dress with a sash

Full skirt dress is a firm favourite with little girls for a good reason. It can be as dressy or as casual as you wish. With mums it is popular because it is not a big headache to make and can be adopted for any occasions. Made with silk and satin it is fit for a big celebration. Make it in floral print and your girl will look pretty all summer.

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How to sew an exposed zipper. Method 1

Exposed zipper look became rather fashionable recently. When it is properly done it can elevate the whole design and add an interesting detail to your dress, skirt or jumper. Exposed zipper can be placed in the middle of a garment piece, between two components of a garment or into the seam. Besides obvious functional role (putting on a garment or closing a pocket) it can be used as a construction element or as an embellishment.

The following method of sewing an exposed zipper doesn't requires a seam at all. The technique is similar to a bound buttonhole process scaled up five times. A separate piece of fabric is used to make a faced opening. You can go with the same fabric, or with a piece of lining if the thickness is too great. Stay is used to achieve a crisp lines and prevent stretching.

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How to sew a centred zipper. Method 2

There are usually more ways then one to do things. Here I'll show you the second method to sew a centred zipper. If with the fist one the top stitching played both utilitarian and decorative roles, in this method there is a separate stitch for each function.

Step 1

Right sides together sew the seam leaving the zipper opening unstitched.

 How to sew a centred zipper. Alternative method.

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Sewing zippers. 6 common ways to set a zipper.

As a seamstress I cannot picture a time when there were no zippers. They are used to close garments, attach separate pieces and as an embellishment. It is impossible to imagine modern clothing without it. Sewing zippers may appear difficult to a novice. But like with everything, practice makes perfect. In this post I would like to show several basic methods commonly used in garments.

Sewing Zippers. 6 Basic Methods.

 

Centred Zipper

Sewing Zippers. Centered zipper

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Zipper tape is inserted symmetrically between two parts of the garment.  It is the easiest and most common way used for dresses.

Method 1

 

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