I decided that this weekend was going to finally be my showdown with zippers. Naturally, that's when my mother called and announced that she planned to visit for the weekend. She left around lunchtime yesterday, so I've spent the afternoon trying to tackle a zippered pouch. I must say, I need practice. Definitely. I used Noodlehead's great Gathered Clutch tute, which is so super cute. Mine is decidedly less cute, although I'm still proud of it.
I made some seriously amateur mistakes on this little pouch. I think my sewing mojo was elsewhere, between the silly mistakes I made here and the ridiculous mistakes I made on a recent bee block this week.
In attempting to shorten my zipper, I didn't shorten it enough, not knowing quite how to measure the zipper, and rather than going back and shortening it further when I realized my error, I kept on trucking. Mistake #1. I've now done a little bit more homework, including reading a really great post on Sew Mama Sew about all things zippers which taught me about how to appropriately measure a zipper (from metal to metal).
I also managed to use my zipper foot backwards. I didn't think of doing some zipper research on YouTube until just now; next time I tackle something new, I definitely will. I found a few helpful videos about zipper feet that told me I was using mine all wrong. I made it work, but it seems that my way was definitely not the right, easier way.
I got my partner for the Pretty Little Pouch swap this weekend, and thankfully, she doesn't have her heart set on a zippered pouch, but I really want to master these rather than shying away. So, here's your warning - there's going to be more zippers around here!! If you have a favorite zipper tute, pass it my way, I'd love to see it. So...I now have my first zippered clutch completed...and though it's fraught with errors, I'm really excited that I have officially sewn a zipper. Maybe after another two or ten, I won't be scared of them anymore...
And since I feel obligated to show you something beautiful, here's a little something - it's butterfly season around here, apparently. We've got cocoons all around our house, and a few butterflies have started to emerge this weekend. My son is absolutely fascinated with these little guys. When I took my new pouch outside to photograph, I happened to stumble on one of our new little butterfly friends. Such a pretty one!
Monday, April 11, 2011