Working on the Zombie Antoinette costume this weekend has revealed that a prominent feature of all future sewing will be the avoidance of zips. They are complete little bloody &*^£$&*^%”%£^£*£&*£&*”£^&(%!%!!!!!
I don’t know whether it was my not-so-epic sewing machine skills or the slippery fabric or a combination of the two, but after four attempts I finally managed to get the little bugger in and it was still quite a wobbly mess. So no close up photos of the zip, but you do get a picture of the dress so far.
Perhaps hand-sewing the zip would have been less painful. If ever I go near zips again, I’ll try that. That’s a big ‘if’ though.
I’m also going to have to adjust the front as it sits really oddly, which servs me right for not basting the princess seams before sewing them (Me: ‘it’ll be fine with pins’; Dress: ‘Ha! That’s what she thinks!’). I’ve tried it on and pinned that adjustment, so it just requires a little stitching, which is going to uber-messy inside, so I’ll do it by hand to try and minimise that.
Ah, poor Zombie Antoinette, once so full of promise!
I say that, but I have learned a lot from this project:
1. Take your time with pinning – though basting is sometimes preferable.
2. Don’t sew when you’re tired and/or fed up with the project, you’ll only screw it up. (I was exhausted when I was working on the zip and got a bit careless, which is a big part of why it took so many attempts.)
3. Things are only worth sewing if you Love them (and I mean Love with a capital L.), otherwise you’ll get fed up with the project (see above).
4. Think about seam and hem finishes before you start the project, not half-way through.
5. Check in books and on teh interwebz for tips and techniques, such as princess seams.
6. If you really insist on using that horrible polyester satin (as I have done!), then you’re probably better off cutting the pattern with a rotary cutter. (I think this would have helped immensely with that problem on the front and the fit/seams in general – I’ve had to work with a rather small seam allowance because the fabric shifted and stretched as I tried to cut and draw the pattern pieces.)
And in the spirit of Lesson 2, I’m going to be sewing tomorrow evening. If I’m still fed up of my cadaver queen, I’m going to get going on a project I’m uber-excited about – the staaaaaays!
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