Recently a friend cam to me, troll-speckled fabric in hand, asking me for a lesson on making circle skirts.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
P.S. New drinking game: take a shot for every time I typed “zip” or “zipper”
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!
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
How to gather fabric http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/gatherfabrictutorial.htm
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
How to French seam a dart http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/04/tricks-of-trade-french-seam-dart.html
Tailoring, Altering, and Fitting
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
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 Serging) http://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/
Lining a sleeveless dress http://stitchywitch.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/tutorial-lining-a-sleeveless-dress/
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/
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This is insanely useful!
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
- 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!)
- Sleeveless Dress
- Long Infinity Scarf
- Ruffled Skirt 1
- Knotted Headband
- Lace Sleeves
- Corset Lacing
- Cut Out Bandeau
- Crochet Trim Seam
- Dolman Tee
- Peplum Top
- Lace Up Collar and Sleeves
- Tunic Dress
Bleach, Markers and Tie Dye
Hey guys. Here’s some fuel for those of you interested in the paranormal just like me.
- spooky movies
- top rated scary stories
- cracked on horror
- listverse bizarre and creepy
- top creepiest gifs
For science behind the paranormal
- rhine research center
- institute of noetic sciences
- koestler parapsychology unit
- division of perceptual studies
- careers in research of the paranormal
- the human consciousness project
The best paranormal blogs
I can’t stop crying. I’ll save this video for every single time i think i’m useless.
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!!)