17 May 2012

Ruffle Skirt Step 5: The Zipper and Hook

For this step, we will start by laying the zipper next to the edge of the skirt. Make sure there is a small amount of space above the zipper (for the hook, about 1/4 - 1/2 inch will do), and mark on the fabric where the zipper ends. 
Pin the outsides of the fabric from both ends of the skirt (not the liner) together right sides facing each other and sew a straight seam.
Iron flat. 
Repeat these steps with the liner fabric. When done, it should look something like this:
Line the edges up of the liner and the main fabric on the remaining opening, and sew a zig-zag stitch to stop ends from raveling.
Snip into the fabric at the base so the ends can face out. This cut should be made from the edge of the fabric up to, but not past the seam line (see picture). 
Next, fold these edges to the inside, and pin the zipper onto the skirt. 
Finally, carefully sew around the edge of the zipper, being sure to sew slowly and carefully over the base of the zipper so the thread and/or needle doesn't break. 
The last step is to hand stitch the hook and eye onto the top of the skirt. Make the hook face the inside of the body for a more secure hold (see picture).
Here is what the skirt should look like after the hook and eye are secure. 

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Go back to making the ruffle
Continue to the final step!

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