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I want to add an interfaced support plus lining to Deepika's a line skirt patter to aable zipper but trying to figure out the order of it...lining is next to body, then the support? and do I attach the zipper to the support and main fabric first?...it's
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Date: 8/1/14 3:32 AM

I'm a new sewer and overweight so I want to add an interface alert plus lining to Deepika's a line skirt pattern and attach to an invizable zipper but trying to figure out the order of it...lining is next to body, then the support? and do I attach the zipper to the support and main fabric first?...it's this to much to answer on a basic forum? if so can anyone direct me to a tutorial please?

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Date: 8/1/14 3:34 AM

Sorry I was trying to delete the subject line but accidentally posted...yep it's 3:30 am. :- sorry

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Date: 8/1/14 5:06 AM

I don't really know anything about an interfaced support but ...

Usually, I only attach the zipper to the fashion fabric with the machine (then you'd attach both the fashion fabric and the lining and interfaced support to the waistband) and then I hand sew the lining (and in your case maybe also the interfaced support) to the zipper tape on the inside so that there is a nice clean finish.
You'd probably be making it easier on yourself by only trying to do one layer to the zipper at a time if you're using the sewing machine.

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Date: 8/1/14 9:58 AM

I also am not sure what you mean by support. A skirt or pant waist usually has interfacing that helps stabilize/support the waist or waistband.

I found a few videos on youtube that may help you with the construction.

Best wishes for many successful projects!

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Date: 8/1/14 12:24 PM

I'm guessing you might mean you want to stick a stretchy power net/girdle like fabric panel into the front of a skirt maybe, sort of like the skirts they used to sell in the Spiegel mail order catalogs, under their FX shape-ware line there?

In order for a panel like that to do really anything for you, I do think a skirt would have to be pretty tight on you to begin with even, from waist all down though hips, and probably not a A-line one.

But on skirts I have seen made that way, if you got some panel in it like that, the panel part has to be sewn in, so it's the part closest to you, or it would not be doing anything much. And most times I don't think have any invisible or even regular zipper going though them. So if you had a lined skirt like that it would be layered from the outside, fashion fabric, then some kind of lining, then some kind of stretchy front panel or built in underware/shapeware closest to your body.

If it was just some pull on knit stretchy skirt, with no zipper, you could even just sew in a pair of ready made spanx or something like that into the waistband even. Is that what you mean?

If so, I have not seen a tutorial like that, but you could still do it.

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Date: 8/1/14 12:55 PM

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I'm a new sewer and overweight so I want to add an interface alert plus lining to Deepika's a line skirt pattern and attach to an invizable zipper but trying to figure out the order of it...lining is next to body, then the support? and do I attach the zipper to the support and main fabric first?


Welcome to the world of sewing and to the PR forum!!

My first thought is that I'm not super excited about the idea that firm support would be straining on a delicate little invisible zipper.

My second thought, is if we did merge the style to include a substantial element of functionality as a body shaper, that we first get one of the skirts sewn up normally and see how it fits and looks and sews together for you, trying it on with a separate body shaper like a spanx or similar.

From that point, you will have a tried and true (TNT) skirt pattern that you know works for you.... but then you can continue "experimenting" with the alternate support ideas.

With you being new to sewing, I hesitate to have you go into too much "unknown" territory and get discouraged in that trial and error process.

That being said, I will tell you what I have done in the past that has worked for me when I want a second layer of support. First, never put strain on an invisible zipper. You can let your outside layer with the invisible zipper hang just a little loose over your body. Then inside, you can do a second layer that is tighter, maybe even with a few pieces of boning. The secret is that you want that inner second layer to have it's own zipper, a strong regular zipper. Sometimes I use a hook and eye tape. This way your body is "tucked in" on the inside, and your skirt can hang smoothly and freely on the outside. Then people wonder if you've lost weight recently! lol

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Date: 8/1/14 1:28 PM

Hi NiCaam,

Here's a brief order.

1. Sew the zipper in back seam.
2. Sew the rest of the back seam.
3. Sew the side seams of the skirt.
4. sew the petersham waistband.
5. Sew the back lining seam upto the point where the zipper starts. Leave the rest unsewn.
6. Sew the side seams of the lining.
7. Fold down the waist of the lining by 5/8".
8. Insert lining into the skirt (wrong side of skirt will face the wrong side of lining.
9. Hand or machine sew the lining to the petersham end.
10. Hand sew the zipper tape to the lining.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 8/1/14 1:41 PM

I agree that a separate shaping garment is the best way to go. It simplifies construct, avoids stress on seams and zipper. Do fit the skirt with the undergarment you plan to wear. I'm old enough to remember girdles!

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Date: 8/1/14 10:19 PM

Thank you all so much for the quick and extremely helpful replies. I knew I was using the wrong words but since I am extremely new to sewing I couldn't think of a better way to describe what I was trying to do...so new that I put wonder web interfacing on the linen a-line skirt (for the zipper)...was it supposed to stick to everything? Ah boy, don't remember this much drama when I was learning to knit. Again, thank you kindly....Will hopefully post pictures of finished skirt on the review board, hopefully.

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Date: 8/1/14 10:33 PM

All I could say is WOW! when I read your reply. Sounds intense, and somehow fun to try to do something like that, but I think that in the process I would develop a small tic. :-) Wow, that just sounds really interesting, you put a bee in my bonnet. Thanks.

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