Zipper-dee-doo-da! Easy Zipper Tutorial

sewcute:

Recently a friend cam to me, troll-speckled fabric in hand, asking me for a lesson on making circle skirts. 

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While I will get to posting that eventually, for now I used our lesson to get photos for (in my opinion) the easiest way to install a zipper.

First, increase the stitch length to the highest setting on your sewing machine, and without backstitching, straight stitch the pieces together where the zipper will go with a 1.5cm seam allowance. 

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This keeps the fabric in place and the long stitches are easy to take out in the end.

Iron the fabric open and pin the zipper right-side down with the zip lining up with the join of the fabric.

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Using a zipper foot, sewing on the zipper with the short side of the zipper foot following the zip using a normal stitch length, straight stitch, and backstitching at both ends.

The hardest part is moving the zipper itself around when it gets in the way, just wiggle it around, take a deep breath and you will be fine.

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Finally, take out the long temporary stitches from before to reveal your lovely zipper!

For a first zipper, she did spectacularly! Here is the gorgeous troll-tastic skirt :)

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P.S. New drinking game: take a shot for every time I typed “zip” or “zipper”

The Big List of Sewing References

galatea-cosplay:

Over the past two years or so I’ve collected a fair amount of sewing references and tutorials, applicable to both cosplay and regular garment sewing. They’ve helped me out a lot, so I thought other people might benefit from them too!

Basics/General

Sewing vocabulary http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/p/glossary.html

About patterns (reading, altering, drafting) http://chicostume.org/handouts/Pattern_Reading.html

Introduction to patterns http://www.sewmamasew.com/2008/05/patterns-demystified/

About thread tension http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4302/understanding-thread-tension

About interfacing http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2012/03/interfacing-insights-from-fashion.html

How to gather fabric http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/gatherfabrictutorial.htm

Preparations

How to pre-shrink wool http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-pre-shrink-woolfast-and-easy.html

Cutting slippery fabrics with tissue paper http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/04/cutting-slippery-fabrics-with-tissue.html

Comparison of steel and spiral boning http://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/free/intermediate/99-experimenting-with-steel-boning-by-jenni-hampshire

Time-saving trick for a boned bodice muslin http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/04/time-saving-trick-for-boned-bodice.html

Darts

About darts http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/01/get-smart-with-darts.html

How to French seam a dart http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/04/tricks-of-trade-french-seam-dart.html

Tailoring, Altering, and Fitting

How to fit pants http://www.coletterie.com/sewalongs/the-colette-patterns-pants-fitting-cheatsheet

About swayback alterations http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2010/12/sway-back-alterations-my-analysis.html

About tailored jackets http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2011/03/anatomy-of-tailored-jacket.html

How to tailor a coat front part 1 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/tailoring-your-coat-front-part-one.html

Part 2 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/tailoring-your-coat-front-part-two.html

Part 3 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/tailoring-your-coat-front-part-three.html

How to remove gaping from the neckline of a fitted dress http://bernieandi.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/pattern-alterations-how-to-remove-gaping-or-excess-fabric-from-neckline-of-a-fitted-dress/

Finishing Seam Allowances

How to finish seam allowances (without Serginghttp://www.craftstylish.com/item/41979/try-these-techniques-for-perfectly-beautiful-seams

How to do a Hong Kong seam binding http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/hong-kong-binding-seam-finish

Turned and stitched finished seam allowances (my personal favorite method) http://sewaholic.net/seam-finishes-turned-and-stitched/

French seams http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/03/tricks-of-trade-easy-french-seams.html

 Linings

Easy lining http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4971/a-shortcut-to-great-linings

Lining a sleeveless dress http://stitchywitch.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/tutorial-lining-a-sleeveless-dress/

Sleeves

How to draft a simple band sleeve http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/11/drafting-simple-band-sleeve.html

How to sew a tulip sleeve http://sewchicpatterns.blogspot.com/2011/04/make-your-own-tulip-sleeve-tutorial.html

How to sew a two piece underarm gusset http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2012/01/how-to-sew-two-piece-underarm-gusset.html

How to sew kimono sleeve gussets http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/02/kimono-sleeve-gussets.html

More on sewing kimono sleeve gussets http://didyoumakethat.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/kimono-sleeve-gussets/

Zippers

How to sew an invisible zipper http://www.clevernesting.com/2009/06/invisible-zipper-tutorial-from-whipstitch/

Invisible zipper tutorial http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-installing-an-invisible-zipper

Another invisible zipper tutorial http://byhandlondon.com/2012/06/21/inserting-an-invisible-zipper-the-definitive-tutorial/

How to do a hand-picked zipper http://sewaholic.net/a-hand-picked-zipper-progress-on-the-picnic-dress/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Sewaholic+%28Sewaholic.net+Newsletter%29

Hems

About hems http://www.sewmamasew.com/2010/06/all-about-hems/

How to mitre a folded hem http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/03/tricks-of-trade-mitre-folded-hem.html

How to hem an inverted pleat http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/tricks-of-trade-how-to-hem-inverted.html

How to sew a hand-rolled hem http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/getting-all-couture-y-hand-rolled-hem.html

How to sew an invisible hem http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/tricks-of-trade-sewing-invisible-hem.html

 Odds and Ends

Circle skirt calculator http://pattythesnugbug.com/2011/circle-skirt-calculator-for-the-drafting-of-full-half-and-34-skirts-with-bonus-grading-worksheet/

Half circle skirts http://makingthings.andreatung.com/2009/07/circle-skirts-part-2.html

How to sew a full, gathered skirt part 1 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/08/sew-full-gathered-skirt-part-one-make.html

Part 2 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/08/make-this-skirt-part-two-of-gathered.html

How to make a half slip http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/07/make-vintage-inspired-half-slip-no.html

How to bind neck and armholes with bias tape http://suchtreasures.com/2008/06/14/applying-bias-tape-at-neckline-and-armhole-curves-as-binding/

Covered button tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/02/covered-button-tutorial.html

Bound buttonhole tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/bound-buttonhole-tutorial.html

Finishing bound buttonholes http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/finishing-your-bound-buttonholes.html

How to make belts http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/03/beltmaking-101/

How to do ruffles http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2009/08/ruffles.html

How to do a convertible collar http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/01/tricks-of-trade-convertible-collars.html

Shaping a shirt collar http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/03/shaping-shirt-collar.html

Lace/eyelet collar tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/07/sewing-lace-or-eyelet-collar.html

Cutting checks and plaids, part 1 http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/cutting-checks-and-plaids-part-1.html

Part 2 http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/cutting-checks-or-plaids-part-2.html

How to sew checks/plaids to match perfectly http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/sewing-checks-magic-pat-trick.html

How to attach bias tape with mitered corners http://sewtospeak.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-attach-bias-tape-with-mitered.html

How to use Swarovski crystals http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=2219

How to sew a 50s petticoat http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=850

Horsehair braid tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/06/magic-of-horsehair-braid-little.html

How to sew with velvet http://www.fashion-era.com/velvets/velvet_sewing_tips.htm

How to make felt roses http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2012/03/easy-felt-roses-tutorial-with-video.html

How to do a foundation for a fascinator hat http://hatstruck.blogspot.com/2010/02/fundations-for-my-cocktailfacinator.html

More tutorials http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/p/tricks-of-trade.html

notzilon:

Hey tumblr, have you ever thought to yourself, “dang it’d sure be cool to set a project in something other than the current times,” but when you go to look up references on google, all you get is a horrible historical pastiche of days gone by?

Well boy howdy, do I have a reference for you!

The Wishbook Web has scans of entire consumer catalogs from past decades, ranging from the early 30s to the late 80s. Each catalog has pages upon pages of reference of clothing, accessories, and shoes for all ages, as well as toys, gadgets, and all sorts of junk that you might buy for yourself or your loved ones. While the website exclusively has Christmas catalogs, the photos and illustrations show products that you could use year-round.

ositanopolis:

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure arcs 1 through 7 in glorious colour! Hat tip to Xantos.

[Phantom Blood]

[Battle Tendency]

[Stardust Crusader]

[Diamond is Unbreakable]

[Vento Aureo (aka Golden Wind)]

[Stone Ocean]

[Steel Ball Run]

storiessongsandsorcery:

This is insanely useful!

Horror Town Makers’ Blogs

nightmaresuite:

I noticed that a lot of current and former horror town owners have blogs tucked away on the Internet, so here’s a list of all their blogs (add more if you know any and delete if the links don’t work). Some have town backstories, others just have behind-the-scenes pictures of their towns:

  • Hitokui (2600-1856-4772) is hitokuivillage.tumblr.com
  • Murasaka (5500-2839-9384) used to have a blog at murasakavillage.tumblr.com but has deleted
  • Faleisha (5000-2746-7773) is faleishacrossing.tumblr.com
  • Machine (4400-2183-4489)is centralia.co.vu
  • Moonlite (5900-3030-4905) is moonlitecrossing.tumblr.com
  • Onett (4900-2331-7412) is fuckyeahassortedstuff.tumblr.com
  • Meadow which used to be creepy (6200-2397-3562) is kikifrommeadow.wordpress.com (you can still see the horror story btw)
  • RainCity (4400-3006-3749) is aboxofstalecupcakes.wordpress.com 
shalottlives:

No Sew:
Halter Top
Braided Neck
Slashed Scarf
Classic Slashes
Draped Vest
Braided Back
Cropped Tee
Braided Sleeves
Fringe Scarf
Macrame Tank Top
Tied Vest
Lattice Studded Shirt
Cut Out Top
No Sew Skirt
Lace Insert
T-Shirt Bag
Beach Tote
Knotted Headband
Throw Pillow
Pillow (video!)
Some Sewing:
Sleeveless Dress
Long Infinity Scarf
Cardigan
Ruffled Skirt 1
Knotted Headband
Lace Sleeves
Corset Lacing
Aprons
Cut Out Bandeau
Crochet Trim Seam
Dolman Tee
Peplum Top
Lace Up Collar and Sleeves
Quilts
Tunic Dress
Bleach, Markers and Tie Dye
Bleached Fish
Bleach “Love”
Sharpie Tie Dye
Bleached Black T Shirt
How to Tie Dye
How to Tie Dye 2
Tie Dye Swim Cover Up
Paranormal Junkie

punkysbrain:

I can’t stop crying. I’ll save this video for every single time i think i’m useless.

FREE EXPLORATION/HORROR GAME MASTERLIST!

goasthed:

Hey there game-loving budz!

Have you finished Yume Nikki and are now wondering what other similar games are available? 

WELL! I’m trying to create a comprehensive list right here of all the cool horror/exploration games with a surreal vibe I can find and where to download them, especially for you!! Please click the readmore to browse the list (I don’t wanna stretch people’s dashboards THERE ARE A LOT)

(please note that this list is currently unfinished; if you have any suggestions for the list I would very very much love to hear!)

(THERE ARE CURRENTLY: 36+ free games under the Read More!!)

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