Learn to make a simple and flattering skirt that will become a wardrobe staple perfect for every season. A-line skirts are versatile and easy to construct. All you need is a good basic pattern and an afternoon of sewing to make what will surly become a new favorite skirt. If you appreciate the look of a clean and hidden invisible zipper, but a smooth finish seems to evade you no matter how hard you try? Learn a fool proof technique that will eliminate the worry of that irritating little bulge at the end of your zip. In this class we will learn to make an A-Line Skirt with an invisible zipper installed in the center back seam. Further below are the links to a couple of patterns that are perfect for this lesson… notice that one pattern has a waistband and the other does not. Feel free to use an a-line skirt pattern you already have… just be sure it has a center back seam. Or, if you have an a-line skirt pattern you already like, but it does not have a center back seam, no worries… there is an easy fix for that too!
Materials you'll need: a-line skirt pattern fabric (see pattern for yardage requirements… be sure to launder before class) invisible zipper (minimum of 14 to 16-inches long) thread for sewing fusible interfacing to reinforce zipper seam. Needle and thread for hand basting & tacking a zipper foot attachment ( invisible zipper foot, pintuck foot, or generic adjustable zipper foot) All the usual supplies: sewing machine, power cord, foot pedal scissors for cutting fabric small scissors to snip threads pins measuring tape/ruler/straight edge pencil, fabric pen, or chalk iron & ironing surface hemostats if you have them, tweezers, or serger tweezers regular straight stitch sewing foot serger for finishing is nice but not essential Pattern Sources: Simplicity Website Skirt Pattern with a Waistband
Skirt Pattern without a Waistband or Jo Ann’s Fabric Store Invisible Zipper Sources: Wawak Website or Jo Ann’s Fabric Store.
You can also find the Simplicity New Look 6843 pattern and zippers, plus so much more, at my favorite fine fabrics store, Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics, in Carrboro (next door to Chapel Hill), NC. They do not have a direct-purchase-website, but you can call (919.942.7455) and place a mail order… just say you are taking “Make an A-Line Skirt with a Perfectly Installed Invisible Zipper” through Local Cloth in Asheville. Be sure to sign up for the POP-up email on their website…
Registration: Members $35, Non-members $45
Instructor: Cynthia Anderson
Community Dye Studio
207 Coxe Ave, #11Asheville, NC 28801
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