Do you fancy trying your hand at making your kids Halloween costumes? I love making costumes and have made many over the years, they are all linked below, click on the photos to take you to the posts on my personal blog!
If you are wanting to learn how to sew zips then this is the place to
be. Normally I would do my own tutorials for these things but why reinvent the
wheel! All the blogs and sites I link to in this post are great places for
information and projects.
When I started sewing I would actively choose patterns that didn't have zips
in until I found this
tutorial from Make it & love it. It is a fantastic step by step guide and will teach you how to install a
If you would like to learn how to insert an invisible zip, like the ones on
the back of most dresses, then a detailed invisible zip post and video
can be found here
on the Colette Patterns blog which is full of fantastic information.
I should add that I only just got my invisible zip foot in November so it is
possible to insert them with the normal zip foot (I did the one in the photo above with a normal foot),
this is a fantastic tutorial for doing just that.
If you are after a simple project that uses a zip then this is a great
tutorial from Melly Sews. I used it to make these zippy pouches a few years
After you have mastered these the sewing world is your oyster! Have a look
at my Learn
to Sew Zips pinterest board for more fab tutorials and projects.
Still not mastered it? Mail me any questions and I will do my best to answer
You should have a front and back piece for your top, match these up with the right sides of the fabric together.
Now pin the shoulder seams in place (or just hold them if you fabric isn't slippy). Sew your seam with a 15mm / 5/8 inch seam allowance.
Do exactly the same as the shoulder seams, make sure your dart is pressed towards the bottom of the top before you sew the side seam.
Try it on!
Try your top on for fit. Hopefully it will fit fine, if it is too big you can take in the side seams some more, if it is too small you can unpick and use a smaller seam allowance. If you have any fitting issues either comment here or email me and I will point you in the right direction!
Finish your raw edges:
You can do this by using pinking shears (like I did here) or do a zig zag stitch close to the edge, this should minimise the fabric fraying.
Press the seams open.
That is you done for today, come back on Saturday and we will attach the bias binding and hem you tops then you will be done!
I thought I would do a tutorial on making your own bias binding but I found a blog post that does it for me so click here and follow the instructions! Now, you don't need the fancy bias tape maker you can do this.
Come back tomorrow and we will rev up the sewing machines!
I hope everyone has managed to get their patterns printed and pieced together without too much trauma - that is the worst bit over!
Let's get started, Altering the Pattern:
Now, you will have cut a specific size and if you are like me and like your tops a little longer then you will need to lengthen your pattern piece.
First, measure the back of a top you like the length of, from shoulder seam to hem, straight down (or get someone to measure you).
Now, measure the pattern piece and subtract 3cm ( you have to subtract the 3cm as there is a seam allowance on the shoulder seam and hem).
If this is close to the number you got from your top then you don't need to do anything, if like me there is a big difference then you will need to lengthen the top (if you need to shorten it mail me but that is highly unlikely as this top comes in pretty short).
First, cut each pattern piece in half...
Now, get a bit of paper and stick it to the back of the upper bit and mark the amount you need to lengthen the pattern by, measuring from the cut edge down.
Now, line up the bottom pattern piece along your marks.
Stick the bottom piece to the paper and then trim any edges.
That is you done, now to cut out!
Cutting the fabric:
Both pattern pieces need to be cut on a fold and if you have a patterned fabric you may now want to try and match it. If you would like any more info on pattern matching then give me a yell!
I didn't bother with matching the fabric as I only had a small amount left after another project. This is how I cut mine:
Fold you fabric so the right sides are together, to save fabric you can do what I did and fold it only as far as needed to fit the pattern pieces in rather than in half and wasting fabric.
Start with the fabric folded in half , selveges together then adjust where the fold is as necessary.
Pin the pieces to the fabric and carefully cut out. Where there are triangles on the pattern try and cut a wee triangle out from the pattern, not under the paper.
Now we are almost ready to sew but first we need to talk bias binding! Bias Binding:
Bias binding is used in this pattern to enclose the cut edges of the fabric round the neckline and arm holes. It is a strip of fabric that has been cut on the bias (diagonal) therefore has some stretch. This makes it perfect for going round corners and giving a really neat finish.
You can buy 1/2 inch bias binding for this project or make your own. There is a link in the pattern instructions to a tutorial on making it but I will do a post tomorrow about making your own in a less slick but less brain taxing way.