Dress with a frilly top. Step-by-step sewing instructions.

This is a very pretty dress whether you choose a plain fabric, a printed one, or to combine them both.

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Dress with a frilly top printable pattern. Sizes  6 to 12.

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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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Sewing circle skirt. Tips and tricks.

Cutting a circle skirt black and white sketchSewing circle skirt is not a time consuming project, this makes it a popular choice for home sewers. There is only four techniques you have to be familiar with: how to sew a curved hem, insert a zipper, attach a waistband and cut a buttonhole.

1. Cutting circle skirt.

  • Cutting a circle skirt can be done in one, two or three pieces, depending on the design and fabric width. When fabric is wide enough it is done in one piece. Since there are no seams you  will have to  use a welt or exposed zipper method.Cutting a circle skirt in one piece
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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

Description:

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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