Zippers strike fear in many sewists, but say the words ‘invisible zipper’ and you might create a panic! I’ll admit it, I hate installing zippers let along the invisible kind – to make matters worse, I do not have the specialty foot that makes sewing it in easier. But did you know you really don’t need a special foot to sew in an invisible zipper (this tutorial from Sew Serendipity is a really good tutorial on inserting an invisible zipper without an invisible zipper foot). So why all this zipper talk? I added the zipper to my “Little Elvis” jumpsuit! It took a bit of time, but I think it turned out very well. In fact installing the zipper turned out to be much easier than what inserting a sleeve was…. I have never had so much difficulty with setting in a sleeve… ever. I believe a lot of my problem is the material (it’s very stiff and jumpsuit like so it doesn’t like to ‘gather’ evenly to create ease), but it is probably compounded by the fact I changed the seam allowance in the shoulder area and also in the two-part sleeves.
Next up: Adding the second sleeve (which I now dread more than what I ever did the invisible zipper), cape, collar, and facing. Plus, stitching up the belt. Whew!
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