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Posted on: 1/28/07 7:55 PM
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I usually line all my skirts because I find they fit more smoothly when I do. However, I've never managed to get the lining and the zip to work together nicely. With this latest skirt I made, I tried something else: first I sewed up the whole lining, except the seam that matched up with the skirt's back seam. Then I stitched the invisible zip to the back panels of the skirt, sewed up the back seam and then, before sewing together the rest of the skirt seams, I sewed the entire back seam of the lining to the back seam of the skirt.

The reason this made things easier for me was because I didn't have to contend with all the fabric for the rest of the skirt - I could just work with the back panels of the skirt and the lining. It would probably be easier still if I just sewed the back panels of the lining to the back panels of the skirt, but this method was still easier for me than sewing the whole skirt and lining up, and then trying to tidy the zip-area.

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Nancywin said... (3/21/07 10:53 AM) Reply
I like your tip - I think I'll try it. It would work on a lined dress as well and eliminate the hand stitching
Rhoda K said... (1/29/07 9:11 AM) Reply
Good idea. I'm getting ready to put an invisible zipper in a skirt for DD and hopefully finish it today so I may give this a try. Thanks.
ginaT said... (1/28/07 9:40 PM) Reply
This worked really well for you and i admire you for for not being afraid to experiment as a lot of 'beginners' are.Your skirt is really lovely. You could also try leaving the lining free of the zip as in many RTW.
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