A Hand-Picked Zipper: Progress on the Picnic Dress

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m going to show you how I hand-picking a zipper, on my Picnic Dress. I used a combination of Gertie’s tutorial and my own experience, since I’ve handpicked a few zippers earlier this year.

If you’re just joining us now, here are links to the first few posts on this dress:

So, back to hand-picking the zipper. First off, I love this technique! I find it equally as strong as a machine-stitched zipper, and I love the control you have over the zipper placement. It’s easier to line up seams this way, too.

Hand-pick your zipper following the steps below:

First, prepare the opening for the hand-picked zipper. This can be as simple as serging or zigzagging the edges.

In my case, I finished the skirt opening by sewing it to the lining and turning right-side out. (I explained a bit more on how I did this on the Twin Spruce Dress here.)I serged the bodice back opening edges:

I also turned under the facing edges on the bodice and stitched them, turning right side out for a clean finish. This gives such nice top edges and corners, too!

Now you’re ready to insert the zipper.

Take your zipper and unzip it a couple of inches. Turn the top edge under as shown in the photo below.Line up the top edge of the dress with the folded edge of the zipper:Pin through the dress and the zipper tape:Continue pinning all the way along the zipper opening. Unzip the zipper as you go. Once you reach the bottom of the zipper, zip it up! This will make sure that your edges meet, when you pin the right side of the zipper to the dress.

Starting back at the top, turn under the top edge of the other side of the zipper. Pin it to the top edge of the dress, making sure that the top edges line up. Pin all the way down the right side of the dress. Yay! We’re ready to start hand-sewing now.Thread a hand-sewing needle with thread, doubling it and tying a knot at the end.Now, start at the top of the zipper, looking at the inside of the dress. You’ll see the turned-under zipper tape. We’re going to tack that part down so it doesn’t stick out, before we go up and down the length of the zipper.

After the extra tape has been tacked down at the side, continue tacking along the top edge. Be careful not to catch any of the bodice front fabric in your tacking, just the facing!Ok, we finally get to start the actual hand-picking now! Poke your needle through to the right side of the dress, about 1/4″ down from the top edge, and 1/4″ in from the centre back opening.

Now, make a tiny, tiny backstitch in the zipper tape – this is also called a prickstitch! The backstitch part that shows should be super small, and the part where the needle comes back out through the fabric should be about 1/4″ away from the first hole.

And repeat! Continue making backstitches like above, or prickstitches if you like, spacing them about 1/4″ apart.This is what the inside of your zipper will look like – large stitches along the zipper tape. It’s normal! The outside is the tidy part.Keep handstitching all the way to the bottom of the zipper.

Once you reach the bottom, zip up the zipper a little ways. Make your last backstitch across the zipper, instead of continuing down. (This is hard to put into words, look at the photo below for a better explanation!)

Now, start working up the zipper, towards the top of the dress opening. I like to only zip up the zipper for an inch or two, so I can get my hand in there to hold the edges together.

This is how I’m holding the garment with my left hand. (I’m stitching with my right.) Sometimes I think it helps to see how people are actually holding their sewing projects, instead of just seeing the hands-free photos…Keep going, all the way back up to the top. I like the hand-picked zipper method because it’s easy to line up the seam! You can ease the fabric into the zipper as needed to really make sure the seamlines line up. Mine are only off by a fraction of an inch – once I press the zipper it should steam nicely into place.When you get close to the top, check how much fabric is left between where you’ve stitched and the top edge. Now is your chance to ease or stretch. Ease in any extra fabric by pushing just a touch of extra fabric into each backstitch, if there’s too much fabric compared to the zipper tape. Stretch the fabric just a tiny bit between each stitch if needed, if the zipper tape is longer than the fabric left.

(Does this make sense? You can’t unpin that top pin, or your top edges won’t line up! You have to make it work below the top edge.)Once you get to the top, poke the needle through all layers to the wrong side of the garment. We’re going to tack down the extra zipper tape again at this edge.

All tacked down. No floppy or escaping zipper tape on our dress, no way!All done! Give the opening a light press or steam and you’re ready to move on to the next step on your dress.

Here’s the lovely, tidy finished zipper:Here’s another quick peek at the inside stitching:

And here’s a full-length shot of the zipper:What do you think – would you ever try this? Do you already hand-pick some of your zippers? Did this tutorial scare you, or make it seem easy? I hope some of you who’ve never done zippers this way are encouraged to give it a try!

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95 Responses to A Hand-Picked Zipper: Progress on the Picnic Dress

  1. B @ Sweet Limes November 8, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    I’ve hand sewn in zippers before, but not this way. I agree that it makes it easier to match seams and what-not. Might have to give this method a go, it seems simple and straight forward enough.

  2. lisa o. November 8, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    That made it look really easy! I’ve seen hand picked zippers mentioned a lot, but have never really known how it’s done. Now that you’ve de-mystified it for me, I think I could give it a shot.
    One thing I’ve never been too sure of is what the advantage is over a machine sewn zipper. Is it easier than fiddling with a zipper foot on the machine, or is it more to do with the look of the finish? More authentic when sewing vintage?

  3. Elizabeth November 8, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    Great tutorial! I will try this method next time.

  4. indigorchid November 8, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    I have a skirt that needs some reworking (it’s a little big in the waist) and I’ve been planning to try handpicking the zipper all along! I really like the idea of being able to control the fabric and the zipper placement better.

  5. sisters4saymoreismore November 8, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    thank you for this tute! i totally needed this!!! i have been procrastinating finishing this ruffled Cynthia Rowley dress for weeks because of the dumb zipper!!! i think i can handle it now!!!

    ~selina

  6. lizajane November 8, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    This is great! I am definitely trying this on the dress I’m working on right now. I have a terrible time machine sewing zippers. I never keep the stitching line even from the opening and I think that is the quickest way to make a garment look really sloppy.

  7. Claire (aka Seemane) November 8, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Great tutorial Tasia!
    Q: Is the aim to align edge of the dress over the zipper as you prick-stitch it… so that the zipper “teeth” cannot be seen once the zip is done-up/closed please? (I.e. to somewhat emulate the effect of an invisible zipper?).

    Also, to stop the zip from unravelling when you’re wearing it – will you be finishing the top of the zipper with a hook & eye, or a hook & thread-bar please?

  8. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) November 8, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Great photos, thanks for the info. I think I will still use invisible zippers, because they are
    so “zippy” to put in and hide from view.
    But maybe for a vintage style, if I ever get around to one :)

  9. Patty November 8, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I am a huge fan of handpicking my zippers – when I put in a zipper by machine I never get a nice straight line, even with the zipper foot. Hand-picking is amazingly strong – although, i will say I put in a zipper by hand on a pair of trousers. Not such a great idea for me!! And I find this way easier than putting in an invisible zip (i’m not sure why invisible zips are so hard for me!!)

    I love the look of a centered hand-picked zipper – like what Tasia did here! I usually do lapped zippers when I’m putting on the side of a dress or shirt, but love the look of the centered zip on a skirt! Yay!

    Tasia – your attention on how to make sure the top of the zipper is aligned is great!

  10. Irene November 8, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Lovely job! One more plus to the hand-done zipper – when sewn on a heavier fabric, such as a wool, the stitching almost disappears.

  11. Susan November 8, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Fantastic tutorial – very helpful and something that I intend to try with my next zipper as I hate invisible zippers!

  12. cindy November 8, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Awesome tutorial! I’m planning a handpicked zipper on my next garment. I was wondering if if you could possibly post a picture of the bottom of the zipper. I don’t think I quite get the picture (no pun intended!)

  13. Corinne November 8, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Tasia, great instruction. Of course, the dress is beautiful. I think certain clothing is truly enhanced by a hand-picked zipper. I have seen tiny little beads attached to the pick stitch as well and the result is stunning. Great for party dresses. I have only done a few, mostly in heavier fabrics and the stitches do disappear. The only thing I do a little different is that I stitch each side from the top down. I work the left side, then tie off. Then I go to the top on the right and work down on that side. I have the zipper closed for the first 4 or 5 stitches ( a little fiddling needed with the hands required) then open it to finish. I find it easier to keep the top neckline even this way and ease on the way down.

  14. ruby slippers November 8, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    thank you thank thank you for this tutorial, I am never ever satisfied with my zip insertions and often end up doing them two or three times and still end up unhappy. I hand sew them in but i havent kept the pins in at the top, going to try this method.

    Very Helpful :-)

  15. Uta November 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    I just did my first picked lapped zipper, and really loved the method. I’m not sure I have steady enough handsewing though for a perfectly centered picked zipper.

  16. Uta November 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Oh, and pretty, pretty dress!!

  17. lap November 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I love the close-up photos you post with your tutorials, they are just like in a sewing book! I love a hand picked zipper myself, especially a lapped handpicked zipper, because it’s so much easier for the lapped application than doing it by machine.

  18. Darci November 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Great tute, doll! I was thinking this might be a fun, new thing to do (since I’m kind of dorky about loving to hand sew!), and this made it look SO easy. Thanks for the step-by-steps and the pix. They’re incredibly helpful!

  19. Fiona November 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Congratulations on this tutorial – it’s absolutely, hands-down amazing. I know how time consuming it can be to take photos of each and every step like this – you’ve created an invaluable resource!

    Oh, and your dress is gorgeous – the fabric is fantastic, and the dress pattern complements it perfectly! :)

    http://www.habitatclothing.com.au/blog

  20. Angela November 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Beautiful dress and zipper application! I’ve been meanign to try this technique… I must try it on the next dress I sew! Thanks for sharing!!

  21. Becky November 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Thanks for posting this! I have a plan to make a dress in the next couple of months that specifically calls for a hand-picked zipper in the pattern, and I know that I’m going to be referring to this post for sure.

    Also, I’m getting caught up on blog posts and saw your recent one about your job–I’m sorry to hear that you lost it, but your positive attitude towards it is admirable. And I’m hoping that better things will come your way very soon!

  22. Jessica November 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    I’ve started handpicking all my zippers – I figure, what with all the swearing and ripping I tend to do when inserting zippers by machine, that the time investment is about equal, but this way is a MUCH more pleasurable process and gives a nicer finished product! Thanks for the tutorial though :-) … I can never quite get my two sides to match up, and this might be why :-P.

  23. Arya November 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Oooo, this is a great tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to put it together! I really don’t like machine-stitching zippers, but I have never hand-picked one. This is what I will do on my next zippered project.

  24. K-Line November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    I love this effect and I think it’s very elegant. Furthermore, I think it’s easier than putting in a zipper with the machine. You have more control. (Not that I’ve done this yet but, since the coat, I have a whole new perspective on the hand stitching.)

  25. Mav November 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Great tutorial! I actually use that stitching technique to hem my stuff but I guess it isn’t meant for that…just wondering though, you stitch in the middle of the zipper tape while, from what I understand, you are supposed to sew as close to the edge as possible with a machine – are there times when the machine method is better or does this work for everything?

  26. alice November 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    ooh – now i’m starting to get it! and the picks disappear in heavier fabrics like wool? now i know what i’m doing for the exposed zipper in my vogue 1151 in a sweater knit! thanks for the tutorial! i’d been worrying about that zip!

  27. Pam November 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    This tutorial is fantastic. I have hand-picked a zipper in a couture sewing class – but have forgotten all about it and am ready to do one next week – hurray for your tutorial – it is pristine – I especially like how you show you are holding the fabric!

  28. beth November 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Thank you so much! I have been wanting to try this for a while, but did not feel confident I would do it right. Your tutorial was the best I’ve seen, and I DEFINITELY will try it now on my next project! Thanks again!

  29. Sherry November 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    I usually prefer the clean finish of invisible zips, but this looks adorably vintage on your lovely dress, so you might have me doing a handpicked zip one day!!
    Excellent tutorial!

  30. Emily November 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Your posts are always great, but lately I feel like we’re on the same wavelength! I’ve been dying to try a hand-picked zipper lately but was unsure how to do it properly, and your tutorial made me realize that it’s definitely something I can tackle. And I, too, have experienced professional upheval lately, and I have so admired your attitude about being laid off. Though it can be hard, I’m making my situation work day by day in whatever ways I can, so it’s heartening to see your committment to doing the same. A talented girl like you definitely can’t be kept down- I’m looking forward to your patterns and more great tutorials!

  31. Stephanie November 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks for the instructions – I’ve always wondered how this was done. I’m not sure if I’ll ever try it (I’m somewhat obsessed with invisible zips), but I’ll definately send it to a few of my friends who are just starting out. I remember when I first started sewing putting in a zip was my biggest fear (in fact I used to drive an hour to my parent’s place & get my mum to do it I was so petrified!). This tutorial would have been a massive help to me then & probably would have helped me get over my irrational fear. In the end the thing that did it was I had a project that I had to complete & driving to my parents wasn’t an option, so I forced myself to learn from a you-tube video to put in an invisible zip & since then I haven’t looked back I love them!

  32. Eline November 9, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    I’ve never sewn a handpicked zipper before, but I’m certainly giving it a try on my next zippered project! You made it look so easy I’m all excited about trying it out.
    And of course the dress is just stunning!

  33. Muriel November 9, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    Wonderful tutorial and exactly what I need right now. I have to put a new zipper in a vintage black sequined flapper dress and I’ve been putting off doing it until now. Hand picking the zipper will work perfectly and today is the day I do it.
    Thanks so much!!!

  34. Verity Clothing November 9, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Great tutorial! I will have to try this particular method for hand-stitching zippers. It looks wonderful.

  35. quietandsmalladventures November 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    oh i usually dread inserting zippers, but now i want to try this method…things might actually line up correctly! thank you!

  36. Tasia November 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Thanks everyone who said this was a great tutorial! :)

    Now to the questions…

    Strength: from my experience, this zipper is equally as strong as a machine-stitched zipper. Patty said to beware of this application on pants, but on skirts and dresses it’s fine.

    Lining up the edges: Yes, the goal is to make the edge of the dress line up with the edge of the teeth, so it looks fairly invisible. But that’s why I did up the zipper, if you try and line it up while the zipper is open, you might overcompensate and have the edges too close together. (I’ve done that before!)

    Hook and eye: No hook and eye at the top on this one. I made the zipper go right to the top! (Confession: I hate sewing on those hook and eyes, or hook and thread loops. I don’t know why, I just avoid it!)

    Why to use this method: If you prefer the look of the tiny little prickstitches? If you want to be extra-sure your seamlines line up and you’re not as confident doing it by machine? If you have say, a crazy wild print with a lot of colour v ariations and picking one colour of machine-stitching would be hard? If you like hand-sewing? (I do, sometimes!)

    Oh and, I liked the suggestion of starting from the top and working down on one side, and then starting back up at the top on the other side. I’m going to try that next time!

    I hope I got all the questions! Thanks all for the comments :)

  37. frk.bustad November 14, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    It’s a great tutorial, and I will definitely try this for my next project. The only thing is that I want my dress to be fully lined, and I guess I have to sew the zipper first and then attach the lining. Love the detailed photos!

  38. Kitten November 15, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    What a lovely tutorial, very clear and well made with good photos. I’ve always dreaded putting in zippers, there’s always some detail that goes wrong, very frustrating! So I’m definitely gonna try this, thank you for sharing!

  39. alice November 18, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    zipper success! I just used your tutorial to handpick an exposed zipper into a sweater knit dress. It definitely took some time, but with some patience, it was a anxiety-free and enjoyable experience (zipper into knit on machine = ack!!!, plus i enjoy hand-stitching and that feeling that i’m really pulling out all of the stops for a special garment). I also used your staytape tutorial to stabilize the openings with india tape (our beloved dressew doesn’t carry staytape). I chose india over twill because it’s nice and light.

  40. Tasia November 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Yay Alice – zipper success! That’s fantastic! I like the feeling that I’m pulling out all the stops for a project, too. So glad to hear that not only did your zipper work out, but you *enjoyed* the process!!

  41. Rebecca December 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just used it on Simplicity 2512, a high-waisted skirt, and it worked great. I used an invisible zipper and I think it worked the same as a regular one would. Thanks again!

  42. Thea December 18, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    Thank you for your great posts!! These tutorials are so helpful to me and I catchstitched the facing to my lining, sewed a waist stay and did a handpicked zipper!! I am delighted with how great it came out and I’ll probably never to a machine inserted zipper again. Thanks to your great explanations it was very very easy.

    I posted a review about the dress I made on PatternReview and inserted links to your page .. I hope you don’t mind

    http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=58156

  43. Tasia January 4, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    @Thea: Hi Thea, of course I don’t mind! So glad the tute was helpful. That’s how I feel about zippers, I never want to do a machine-stitched zipper again.. Your dress is lovely!

  44. AnnieV March 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I love to sew by hand, this is a relaxing activity for me. So I keep all my hand stitching to sew on work days’ evenings. This is why I always handpick my zippers until I have discovered this method. I also like the fact that I have more control (less puckers).

  45. boocat June 19, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    This made me recall a lavender silk dress my grandmother got from I. Magnin’s. It had french knots along each side of the back zipper. Just thinking about it makes me nuts.

  46. Cindy July 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial! I’ve always been scared of doing hand-sewing on something that seems like it needs to be so sturdy, but your instructions made it seems really doable. I tried it for my most recent dress and while I’m not convinced that this is my favorite zipper insertion method ever, I do feel like I learned an important skill. I really appreciate your taking the time to show us all these pictures!

    http://cationdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/07/late-sew-weekly-betsey-johnson-floral.html

  47. 2paw February 22, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    Thank you, I just sewed a zip into my new skirt and it was so easy after looking at your tutorial, and very successful!!

  48. Rebecca June 7, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I’ve saved this tutorial for the chance to use it and I’ m thrilled with the results!! Thank you!! Hand picked zippers for me from here on out!

  49. cathy September 27, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Do you have a printer friendly version? I’m a beginner sewer and I’m trying to learn all I can. Thank you, cathy

    • Tasia September 27, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Cathy! No, there isn’t a special printer-friendly version of this blog post. You could try printing it out if you want, if that helps! With hand-sewing you might find it’s possible to sew in front of the computer and follow along with the instructions. Good luck!

  50. neeno November 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi Tasia, just letting you know and hope u don’t mind that I used one of your images from this post for my post on handpicked zippers (http://www.sewmelove.com/2012/11/goodbye-invisible-zippers-hello.html)

    :)

    • Tasia November 8, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Of course – no problem at all as long as you mention the source!

    • Tasia November 8, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      PS. your zipper looks great! My favourite method as it always looks good and it’s easy to replace if you ever need to.

  51. Lora December 8, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Tasia:

    Your hand sewn zipper was very clear and easy to understand. I appreciate all of the teaching you do on your site. It’s one of the things that keep me coming back week after week.

    I visited Canada once in the Red Deer area between Edmunton and Calgary. You don’t intersperse your sentences with “eh” like those people did. :-)

    Lora

  52. Lora December 8, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Tasia:

    Your hand sewn zipper was very clear and easy to understand. I appreciate all of the teaching you do on your site. It’s one of the things that keep me coming back week after week.

    I visited Canada once in the Red Deer area between Edmunton and Calgary. You don’t intersperse your sentences with “eh” like those people did. :-)

    Lora

  53. Cathy December 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    My finished zippers look like this…. I put them in on my machine and don’t use a zipper foot. I just baste the seam closed, sew in the zipper, and pull the basting out. My zipper is in even, neat, and hidden. This is how I was taught by my mother many years ago.

  54. Far March 13, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    This is great tutorial Tasia! I never knew there’s such a thing! So much better than using what ive been doing – machine sewing zipper to main fabric, sanwiching the zipper in mid with lining, and handsewing lining close onto zipper. Main dress Can get messy, and i always preferred the handsewing part inside.. Plus sucks if zipper need to be changed as u said.

    • Tasia March 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Exactly – if the zipper breaks, it’s easy to remove it and hand-stitch in another one. For anything that you plan to wear for a long time, it’s a great method to use!

  55. Kathy April 21, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    awesome tutorial…will adapt to lapped zip which is what i need for an inseam, side seam application…well done!

  56. Carol July 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    In a case like the picnic dress and that lovely print, I would usually take the extra step of coloring my stitches. (TEST on a scrap first!!) I have lots of colors of Sharpies, and if one of my little white stitches fell on a dark green leaf for example, I’d just color in that dot of thread with green. This makes even more sense on a high-contrast fabric, say white/navy polka dots. You would use while thread, and use a blue or maybe even black pen to dab out the white stitches unless they fell on a white area.

  57. Janet August 15, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    My new favourite way now too! Thank you for the tute!

  58. ellen August 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    I sat here all evening ripping out thread because my old machine kept jamming, so then I switch to my husband’s newer machine and it jammed as well. All I was trying to do was put in a simple zipper for a young woman who wants to wear her favorite dress for her engagement photos. It’s now 2:am and I began to wonder if I hand sew it in should I be single or double threading the thread. Look on line and here the answer was on your site, I want to say, THANK YOU very much for your easy explanation on how to hand pick one in. THANK YOU.

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    [...] needles breaking people, and bobbin cases cracking have all played a part. So when I came upon Tasia’s tutorial on how to Hand-pick a zipper into a dress a few weeks ago, I thought this was the perfect [...]

  15. You’re turning into a penguin. Stop it. | Crafternoon Nap - May 3, 2013

    [...] zipper, having seen Lara‘s success after similarly grumpy machine-insertion results. She used this tutorial, from Sewaholic, so I’ll probably do that too. I may not get it done until after graduation, [...]

  16. Elisalex dress – FINISHED | beagles, baking and dressmaking - May 24, 2013

    [...] purple polar fleece (new skill – check). I hand-picked the zipper with the guidance of this tutorial (new skill – check AGAIN) and I also understitched the lining instead of topstitching as per [...]

  17. Fifties Love: Purple Lace Dress | Peppermint and Paisley - May 27, 2013

    [...] Hand-picked the lace overlay to the lining at the zipper, sides and waist, so both pieces could move freely. This is most often seen done to sew fabric to a zipper but I used it to attach the lace to the lining [...]

  18. Butterick 5605 | - June 19, 2013

    [...] multe bloguri despre fermoare cusute de mana si am zis sa incerc si eu. Am folosit tutorialul lui Tasia (daca nu e nume romanesc, oare pot sa zic Tasiei?). A fost foarte usor de controlat materialul si de [...]

  19. Schnitterling » Meikes erstes Cambie Dress - July 5, 2013

    [...] mehrmaliges Auftrennen haben auf Anhieb alle Nähte, Ecken und Kanten perfekt aufeinander gepasst! Hier seht ihr, wie diese Technik funktioniert, und hier wie man das Cambie vorher zusammenbauen muss. Im [...]

  20. Cambie dress « Stoca - July 28, 2013

    [...] Ik heb er dus voor gekozen om een normale rits in de jurk te zetten, met de hand. Deze techniek had ik al gezien in een blogpost van Sewaholic. [...]

  21. Little triumphs | By Gum, By Golly - August 28, 2013

    […] zipper tutorial and Gertie’s vintage-style lapped zipper tutorial.  Or a hand picked zipper? Tasia has a tutorial on that, too. This Threads Magazine article is also very […]

  22. Hollyburn Skirt for the Office | Blanca Pate - September 1, 2013

    […] I used a white Bemberg rayon for the lining, and beautiful wood buttons for the accent tabs. I also hand-picked the zipper, as always (I don’t think I’ll ever go back to invisible […]

  23. FO: L’s 1920′s Dress | My Muddlings - November 19, 2013

    […] a zipper any other way! I used Tasia from Sewaholic’s wonderful tutorial, it can be found here. It’s just so much easier to make sure the zip is straight and in place when you are going […]

  24. Laurel in Red Linen | Nuala sews, knits, crochets… - January 12, 2014

    […] of the dress would look horrid so I decided to try my first hand-picked zip using Sewaholic’s inserting a hand-picked zipper tutorial. I think it worked out fine for a first attempt. Next time I’ll sew slightly closer […]

  25. I’m working on my mating list for when we have to repopulate the world. | Crafternoon Nap - January 27, 2014

    […] out my front from back, and since I don’t have an invisible zipper foot (yet), I decided to hand-pick a centered zipper, which was a new thing for me. This way, I could just wear the culottes in whichever direction on […]

  26. The Aurora Dress | Makesphere - February 8, 2014

    […] Witness to insert but I think it was totally worth it. I used the hand-picked zip method thanks to Tasia’s tutorial which is now becoming my method of choice. Looks neat, no faffing with the machine and easier to […]

  27. 2013 Sewing Wrap Up (better late than never) | Denver Sewing Collective - February 10, 2014

    […] proudest sewing achievement of all year is my first hand-picked zipper using Tasia’s method from Sewaholic.  Check out the […]

  28. Friday, Lazy | Closet Catalogue - February 22, 2014

    […] decided to hand-pick the zipper. If nothing else good comes from this dress, I may learn a good method for placing […]

  29. Dragkedja och foder | Lite Av Varje - March 17, 2014

    […] finns ju många sätt att sy i en dragkedja och det absolut snyggaste är nog att sy i den för hand med små prickstygn. Men om man inte har tålamod till det eller inte bryr sig så mycket om […]

  30. Tweaking | Azzy Makes - May 21, 2014

    […] The top part of the zip is awesome – hopefully with practice I'll get better. I used Tasia's tutorial for inserting a hand picked zip and I'll certainly want to do it again on similar garments. I'll probably do it in place […]

  31. a rescued skirt and another Ginger | wrenstitchery - June 26, 2014

    […] this hand-sewing insertion method and if you want to find out more there’s a great tutorial here.  This is what my inserted zip looks like; it’ll […]

  32. Collared Cami Dress | Pinned - August 23, 2014

    […] made good use of the Pauline Alice Cami sewalong along with the Sewaholic handpicked zipper tutorial and turn and stitch seam finishing tutorial. Jen at Grainline Studios came to the rescue with the […]

  33. Cambie Dress | Mrs Go ............................................. - September 17, 2014

    […] ich keine Techniken anwenden, die ich nicht durchschaue (so wie diese hier). So habe ich mich für diese Anleitung und das Einnähen von Hand […]

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