Work in Progress: rockstar boro

December 9, 2011
Today was a hurried scurry from one errand to the next.
As per usual I had left several things to the very last minute.
Son’s tunic for his school’s ren-fest was one of them. He’s one super excited little nobleman wearing his dad’s size 13 pirate boots.
Then instead of getting started on dinner or sitting with kidlets to get homework done I decided that I really, really, really wanted to just get the last gore sewn and the zipper in on my boro project. (I’m following along with Melaine Testa’s rockstar boro project this month.) 
So I did it. I haven’t sewn in an invisible zipper in several years and I must say I was rather pleased with myself.  Nice tight insertion. The seam lays flat. I was a little lazy and just zig-zagged the seam allowances to the zipper tape rather than the fancy french seams or bindings I often do.
Then I trimmed up the waist and made a binding for the waistband. I’ve even topstiched all the seams in this skirt, whether they are raw side out or in. I’ve mixed it up a bit on the skirt.
Then I held it up and turned it around.
Look again.
I sewed the zipper and the binding inside out. 
Granted, some of the seams are inside out and some outside in on this upcycled garment made from old linen shirts in my interpretation of the boro spirit. That confuses the issue a bit. But I purposefully held the skirt up, placed the zipper, looked at it carefully and distinctly told myself to make sure I do it on the correct side. And promptly proceeded to sew it inside out.
Time to go make dinner.
After dinner little miss ripper and I will get down to business while we sit next to kidlet who really does not want to do homework. Sigh.
The funny part is that skirts and I have a history. Back in high school I was sewing what was one of my very favorite skirts. Grey pinwhale corduroy, ruffle at the bottom with a raised portion so that a fake lace petticoat could show through. I was talking on the phone to a boy while I sewed in the pointed yoke and waistband and zipper. I sewed it in upside down. 

In a row.


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    Altering ready-to-wear and… nobody’s perfect | Lyric Art
    October 26, 2012 at 6:01 am

    […] the details she notices. But still. *I* don’t care enough to unpick it this time. (Unlike the last time I did this.) […]

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    Virginia Greaves
    March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I have so been there — done that!

  • Reply
    Melly Testa
    December 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Love this post Lyric! The zipper looks so good too! I hope the third time is a charm.

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    December 10, 2011 at 12:06 am

    LOL! I so understand! I also would sew and talk and then have a conversation with Sally Seam Ripper. No matter how confident I am that I it pinned correctly, the sewing gremlins swoop in. Have a beautiful weekend, Lyric.

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    Jane LaFazio
    December 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    giggle. been there, done that. the skirt will be fabulous.

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    December 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Must have been one cute boy.

    I laughed out loud – I have a deep, personal relationship with my seam ripper too. He even has a name, which is not fit to print.

    Been there, done that. We have seen the enemy and he is us.

    Oh, and I posted your "Joy in Service" on my website. Take care.

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    December 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

    We've all been there! Your final confession, re: your teenage skirt made me chuckle. Now I need to go finish a princess dress and newborn gown and pray that the sewing God is smiling on me today.

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    ms lottie
    December 9, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Ah, boys. The distraction above all distractions!

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