mr. afs riveted….

Mr.-AFS-Jeans-1The mister and I have been spending some intense quality time together lately. Yeah, intense is definitely the word here. It’s a good thing, not to worry, because we’ve really needed it. Whilst spending so much time together, I began to take notice of some needs. I’m one of those lucky gals whose husband rarely asks her for anything – in so many words – but as I look at the state of his wardrobe lately, I know he could use a little help from a girl like me. Enter now, Mr. AFS in new jeans! Yay! Keep your wigs on ladies, this man is taken and so are those jeans!

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Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures and I have been taught all of my life the value of how to stretch a dollar. Doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality of any sort, it just more or less means that you’ve got to start diggin in to what you got. I have a rather substantial stash (and a fabric store, ha ha) and I’ve got the skills, and in these days of struggle and strife I’ve been turning to that stash and noticing an abundance of not just fabric, but supplies, patterns and more! Sometimes it really is the little things – or in this case a bigger thing – that can help bring a smile to your face. I’ve been a hoardin denim like they stopped making it. I had several cuts of denim for the mister to dig through and decide on which he liked and wanted. He made an eye for this particular wash/color denim and then I made him cough up a pair of old standby jeans that I could take a pattern from.

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After copying those suckers, I made up a muslin, just to test the fit and make sure we were where he wanted to be. Easy as pie really. Mr. AFS, rather sweetly and with just a tad bit of pride said that he had absolutely no idea how I do such things. Sigh…. That man. After the muslin was fitted, with a just a few minor tweaks, I set off to make him some jeans he would actually wear. He wanted them distressed. Ugh. I mean, its not hard really, just time consuming. But I did it. I used sandpaper for the distressing and it worked like a charm. Once I had things well on their way, the mister said he wanted some color somewhere. Something he said about his coat too. So I threw in some red topstitching with the regular old denim topstitching.

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He’s been wearing these puppies for about a week now. Loves em so much, he won’t take them off and let me wash them! Now that’s a good feeling! Ha ha!

And speaking of, I need to make myself a pair of jeans pretty soon here too. Ah jeans! The holy grail right? What’s not to love about a good pair of old standbys?

  • Becky Frank - Those jeans are amazing! The mister looks fabulous. I love the details and the red top-stiching. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - You are absolutely amazing! I wish I had a fraction of your talent!ReplyCancel

  • MarrieB - Amazing! You did a great job! Did you cut apart the old jeans, or just do a rub off to get the pattern?ReplyCancel

  • liza jane - They are awesome. And good on you for some serious unselfish sewing :) ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - WOW is right, great jeans and very handsome mister. How long did it take to make those jeans???ReplyCancel

  • unlabelled clothes - Aw, such a touching comment from your Mister. The jeans are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - What nice jeans! Way to go! I love a good pair of jeans.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Spuńky indeed! Those sneaky little back pockets are very cool! Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Nakisha - YOU MADE THOSE?!?

    Fantastic work! I love them.ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Albumine - I love this pair of jeans! I’ve never sewn for my hubby, but perhaps it’s time to start!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Wow! These are so fabulous! They really look professional!ReplyCancel

  • becky - These jeans look terrific (and the mister does, too), just sayin. How do you do the rivets? Best pair of jeans I have seen in a while.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - Wow, been a long time since I’ve seen hand crafted jeans and they do look good.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - A-M-A-Z-I-N-GReplyCancel

  • Laura - That boy is cute! But those jeans! They look impossible. I am so impressed.ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan - Those are the most professional looking homemade jeans I think I’ve ever seen. Top marks!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I am in awe! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Amazing job! They look so professional and ready to wear. And you have a cute hubby (-;ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Bee-yoo-ti-ful!!!! WOW, you are one talented, hard-working jeans sewer!ReplyCancel

  • NewRibena - Totally impressive!ReplyCancel

  • Marlise - Awesome! I particularly like how the distressing turned out.Very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - Wonderful job on those jeans! I am amazed! Your husband is lucky to have such a talented seamstress for a wife!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie doodle - Wow, these are amazing! I’m keeping this post hidden from my husband – maybe one day!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie - Oh. My. Goodness! I can’t believe that you made these – they are fantastic! Seriously mind-blowing. I bow down to your superior stitching skills Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Davies - Sunni those are great jeans! Good denim is so hard to find in the UK – there are online stores, but so little to find in bricks ‘n’ mortar shops as I really need to touch/feel the fabric *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • Sew, Jean Margaret - Wow!!! These jeans are so professional looking. Impeccable sewing skills, and it must be so rewarding to see how much “your mister” loves them. Great job.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Thompson - Great job! And thank goodness they are not skinny jeans – a fashion flop for men as far as I’m concerned…women too unless you are 14 and built like a toothpick, but ESPECIALLY for men. I want a man in jeans to look like if he turned the right way, he’s got a Dewalt drill hanging out of his back pocket. You did a great job on those and have inspired me to revisit Angela Wolff’s Craftsy class on how to make jeans.

    Question: Do you have a special tool or source for the rivets? Like in your store?ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Wow, these are really really great! I would have never in a million years guessed they were handmade. I also got a chance to see the coat you made him and it’s scruptious! The fabric choices and the fuchsia toggles????? Ai-yai-yai.

    Er, yer man, he is quite nice.ReplyCancel

  • sallie - Sunni these look great!! And, hey there Mister AFS – looking pretty handsome in your new jeans! Love the colorful topstitching and pocket details! I bought my husband some selvedge denim and all the works for this past Christmas with the promise I would make him some jeans. Almost six months later those materials are still just sitting there, and Nick has taken to reminding me that it’s almost his birthday and he has yet to get his Christmas present (ouch)! What’s even worse is I’ve recently started making MYSELF a new pair of jeans! Basically – I think this post is the last sign – it’s time for me to make my husband some jeans!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Hi Sunni,

    I’m impressed with your work on sewing jeans, and I agree with you; it really is a wonderful feeling when a man loves something sewn especially for him to wear. I made boxers, and because they were loved so much, he requested another in a different fabric. It’s so nice when someone you love and care about compliments you by appreciating your work.ReplyCancel

  • CM - Very nice looking jeans for your Mister. not looking handmade at all. you did a great job!!ReplyCancel

  • Sewing Princess - Oh my! impressive job. Look store bought to me. Love red topstitchingReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Wow! These are amazing. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - these are beyond impressive!!! i love the red topstitching, and i love the distressing job you did!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Yep, I think jeans are probably the sewing holy grail for me too. I’m in the process of doing my first pair & am not having much success just yet. I’m soooo impressed by all the little details you’ve added. They look fantastic & I’d be wearing them with pride too if I was your mister!!ReplyCancel

  • Ola - I’m so impressed! They look as if they were store bought. Really, I can’t tell the difference. Although there may be one – they were made with love :) That’s what I told my boyfriend after having sewn a shirt for him :) ReplyCancel

  • Bella - Wow! I am SO impressed. I didn’t think this level of professionalism in jeans was possible at home! Better not show my man or he will want some too…. Nice work!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Quadruple success – technical, creative, relationship, economic! I could probably find more ways but what’s 5 – quintuple? LOL :) Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I love how your time together translated into a project–so romantic. And these are seriously amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Fiedler - Great job! Quality look!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn S - Okay, those jeans are freakin’ amazing! And your man looks pretty good in them too. :)
    Do you have any advice for how to make a pattern off existing jeans? My hubby is in dire need of new jeans. I’d really like to make him some, but he’s very particular about the fit, so I know they’ll have to fit the way his commercial jeans do. I just don’t really know how to go about copying a pair without cutting them up to trace off pattern pieces. Or is that what you did?
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Sunni, Where did you learn to be such a masterful seamstress? In reading biographical info on your blog, I thought you were a music major. You are enormously talented.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Wow, this is amazing. His jeans look fantastic and he looks mighty pleased. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy - Say whaaaat you made these? How come they have this typical stonewashed look?ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Wow!! These are fabulous! I wish I could make a pair for my hubby. What a lucky guy!ReplyCancel

  • Camilla - These are awesome. They look like they’re from a designer label.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - There’s not much more to say besides these. are. fantastic. You’re seriously amazing.ReplyCancel

  • cynsin - The ceo of Levi Corporation says one never should wash their jeans. I don’t know what one does after bathing dogs, cats, gardening, etc. :-) These jeans are terrific…the best I’ve seen that are not off the rack. Kudos!ReplyCancel

  • Serac - The jeans look great. I have made my mister a few pairs of golf shorts, but no jeans yet. I might have to give a try.ReplyCancel

  • janelle - I am speechless i tell you….You’re skills are AMAZING!!! Incredible job…(well I guess not literally speechless after all. HA!)ReplyCancel

  • Gail - I’ve no doubt he likes his new jeans. They are pretty fabulous. And so is Mr AFS if you don’t mind my saying so!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Wow. I’m amazed and impressed!ReplyCancel

Back to Business as Usual

Friends, thank you for your sweet sentiments in my last post. I needed a break. A good long break. It’s not been without some serious heartache and soul searching – boy, there was a lot of soul searching in there – and it was ultimately much needed. For quite some time, I’ve felt that my priorities were out of whack and it took a real slap in the head to remember exactly what those priorities are. My love for a physical shop was proving, well rather destructive as I seemed to be loving it over everything else in my life. It’s been loved and cared for above myself and above my marriage. I think owning a physical store has a huge time commitment tied in with it. I mean of course it does! Unfortunately I’ve felt that I am the only one capable of doing so many things at the shop – something needs to be done, well I’ll do it myself! You know, that feeling where no one else could do it quite like you and so its just easier for you to do it yourself. Yeah, I’ve felt a lot of that lately and its silly because I have a marvelous staff of ladies who help me run this little burgeoning business and I also have a pretty fantastic mister who comes in pretty handy pretty much all the time. Another thing I’ve learned – I don’t tell these wonderful people how wonderful they are often enough. We’re working on that part. I’m working on that part.

I’m also working on the part about myself. Trusting myself and my instincts again. That will take time and I still have more soul searching to do, but I’m feeling much more confident day by day.

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Anyway, speaking of getting back to business, the online shop is now back open! Happy day! There’s still a few things out of stock, but not worry! They should all be back in stock within the next two weeks. Plus more fun new goodies on the way. Yay! And while I’m at it, thank you for your support of my online shop over the years and also for your support of me. Now, back to the good things in life, eh? Hip Hip Hooray!

  • Maggie - Glad to see you back! Running your own business can absolutely take over everything, but it is great that you could recognized it and are now doing something about it! Take care of yourself, your husband and your employees and everything else will fall into place :) We are all rooting for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Glad to hear you’re feeling better! I hope you’ve found some time to relax despite your crazy schedule. I think it’s really hard to manage a staff of people- when I was promoted to a supervisor role at work, I didn’t want to delegate tasks to people because I didn’t want to be bossy. But letting other people do things and take responsibility helps them to grow and to get better at their jobs. I’m sure your employees would be so thrilled to take on more and it will help your relationship and your stress levels. :) ReplyCancel

  • Doris - Little pretty Missy, let me tell you, you are certainly not alone in your getting caught up in things and kind of neglecting other things that are so very important in our lives. I think most of us do that; just some of us have the brains to realize and own it and others, well . . . selfish thoughts consume them. Hugs, DorisReplyCancel

  • Lizzie - Wow – what an honest and frank blog post. Bravo and good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I think it’s very wise to use these feelings of being overwhelmed for a soul search. You didn’t take much of a break, so I guess you still have a big dose of feeling like things need doing. And they do, but it’s smart to let people help. Glad you are back, but take care of you and your life. Nothing is more important, really, even when it feels like it is.ReplyCancel

  • Corrine - Dearest Sunni, I was only marginally concerned when you announced your little break. Somewhat like resetting a clock that has gone off the correct time after a power outage, it can be done, the correct buttons need to be pushed and you have to know the correct time when you reset it! (believe it or not that analogy just popped into my wee head) Anyway, you are a very smart and talented person, your work ethic and skills will support you in your decisions and help you to reach your goals. However, you knew there would be a however, right? However, you must learn to read your tipping points when burning a candle at both ends. When you identify that, and reset your personal clock you will soon discover just how talented you really are. Bless you and best of luck. (by the way, I have been there, have burnt out and survived twice, it can be done)ReplyCancel

  • Tasia - Best of luck getting centered and prioritizing. It’s hard work, running a business and maintaining some sort of outside life! Every day is a challenge to keep things running and remember to enjoy it at the same time. I try to remember the reason I started my business in the first place, when things get tough, and usually that helps. Think of how much you love fabric, and how every day you get to share your love of fabric and sewing with people that ‘get’ how cool making stuff is. Good luck! You’re not alone in having these feelings :) ReplyCancel

  • Serac - I know how difficult letting ourselves trust others to do as good a job as we believe we will do, especially when the job is as personal as it is for you. Good luck and welcome back!ReplyCancel

An Official Blog Break

Hi Friends! Things have been happening at a rather alarming pace and well, I’ve decided to officially take a blogging break. I mean, it’s not like you wouldn’t know that with me not posting for a couple of weeks here already, but since I’ve received a few friendly emails inquiring about my whereabouts, I thought I would make an official announcement. A blogging break it is.

I’m not sure how long its going to be. I just need a break from things that are giving me creative pause and my blog has been giving me creative pause for some time now. Hard to admit, for sure, but its true. I love blogging and I want to bring you great info, but I can’t do that when I’m feeling burned out and a little bored by it. So I’m going to be having a little blogging retreat to try and rejuvenate my thoughts about where I want to go from here. I imagine it will be a couple more weeks before you see me around here again.

The online shop is also going to be closed for a bit. We’re reaching critically low levels of stock and I need to work on getting that back up.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I wasn’t in an intense season of life at the moment. I’m working on becoming balanced. Yup, that’s the word. Balanced. I think a break is just the thing. See you soon!

  • ann - You have a wonderful blog and I thought your zipper class on Craftsy was so excellent. I looked at it again the other day because I like your method of putting in a zipper/lining. Blogging is a lot of work. I hope you’re not being hurt by what some people are saying on comments–they say rude/stupid things on everyone’s blogs. Perhaps you shd remove the comments section. They are protected because they’re anonymous. You’re a sincere open instructor. Stay that way. But for now, take a break. We look forward to your return.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - You do what you need to do. We will be here when you come back.ReplyCancel

  • Sewing Princess - Enjoy the break Sunni! You do so much that you really deserve a break! relax, take it easy and I will be waiting for you to come back!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - We all deserve a vacation so take a nice long break. I love the way the French take vacations. They have no singular word for vacation, only the plural les vacanes. We will all be here when you come back!!ReplyCancel

  • Shatzi - Enjoy your retreat time! Hope to see you back and rejuvenated soon!ReplyCancel

  • Doris - The best of luck to you pretty girl! Sincerely, DorisReplyCancel

  • Hélène - Thanks for this meaningful post (and all the excellent posts before). It is always good to be reminded that we have to stay true to ourselves and love what we undertake. Enjoy your blogging retreat. Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Ramona - I took your class on zippers and loved it. Thank you so much and take a well deserved break.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie doodle - Enjoy your break! I’ve just used your patch pocket tutorial – it was brilliant, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - I hope you’re able to catch up on rest! Blogging should be fun, not a chore, so don’t feel obligated to come back until you’re ready!ReplyCancel

  • stillsewing - Sunni

    You give great enjoyment to lots of people! no now is the time to take time to yourself. You owe to yourself and to your wonderful husband. You do so much for others it is no harm to devote time to your family, friends and most importantly YOURSELF!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - Take care Sunni, Enjoy your time of rest and I pray you will be revitalised to the fullest! xxReplyCancel

  • BillieBee - We all need breaks and we definitely need to find our balance.

    Enjoy your time off.ReplyCancel

  • kathy - Step back, take a break and then you will find that things are better than ever!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Take care and we hope to hear back from you soon. I hope it’s a beautiful Spring where you are at.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Gardner - I have never commented. I just read. I think I might be called a lurker. However, I have noticed, not just on your blog but on more than a handful of blogs, there are vicious people out there with nasty “mean girl” comments. Please do not allow them to dim your joy. Your blog is well written and informative. Change the way you publish comments and just dump the mean girls. Hey, mean girls are so “yesterday.”ReplyCancel

  • BeckyThompson - Totally understand and I completely saw this coming when you bought the shop. I couldn’t figure where you’d get the blogging mojo when all your hours are now spent as a small business owner and then there is sleeping, eating, and balancing time with those you love. Yes balance. Sunni, you need to decide what is most important and then do what makes you happy. I watch your zipper video all the time. You’re a busy lady and you need to take time for you.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - I second Leslie’s remark: you do what you need to do and we’ll be here when you come back.

    Take care and know that we’re cheering you on!ReplyCancel

  • Serac - We will miss you, but you need to take care of yourself first. Hope to see you back here at some point, your sewing tutorials have been some of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Madame Hardy - The very best of luck to you, and I hope you find something that makes you joyful!ReplyCancel

  • Shanni - Enjoy your break! It’s good for us all to take a breather every once in a while.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - We’ll be here waiting. :) ReplyCancel

Blast from the Past: Invisible Zipper Tutorial

I’ve decided that every now and then, it would be nice to have a blast from the past post – meaning a post that I’ve already published long ago and far away and that would be fun to showcase again. It also means that if needed, I’ll revamp the post to include updated info. One thing I’m finding is that I receive a lot of email questions about things I’ve already answered in previous posts. But the person inquiring wouldn’t really know that I’ve already answered that sort of question if they haven’t read me for very long. So I thought, why not? I’ll post an oldy, but goodie post every so often to keep things fresh around here.

Today’s blast from the past is my invisible zipper tutorial. I also released a free Craftsy class last year that deals with all things zippers, so if you haven’t, check it out. Without further adieu, my blast from the past this Friday:

I’m actually not the biggest fan of invisible zippers, but at the same time, I love the way they look. It’s like there’s nothing there. When inserted well, they look amazing so I’ve got a few tips for these babies, because in my opinion, invisible zippers are a rather weak closure. Weak in that, they seem to rip apart the easiest, get caught on fabric, thread, you name it. OK, ready? Let’s get started.

You will need the following:

  • a zipper opening (obviously something to put the zipper in, you know, like a skirt or dress)
  • an invisible zipper
  • organza, fusible tricot or this fabulous fusible stay tape in the 1 1/4″ width
  • an adjustable zipper foot
  • an invisible zipper foot – optional. I have inserted a zipper using this method with an adjustable zipper foot, but I always have such mixed results. This however is totally up to you.

Step 1 – Cut two 1 1/4″ strips of your stabilizer a few inches longer than the length of your zipper. Apply it to your zipper opening. Below I’ve used this precut fusible stay tape.

Step 2 – You will need to mark the seam allowance for the zipper opening. I prefer to temporarily press/steam the seam allowance in place, however, you can also use your own method for marking the seam line. To temporarily press something just give it a little bit of steam and finger press along your seam line.

Step 3 – Open the zipper with the zipper pull pulled all the way to the bottom of your zipper and with right sides together pin one side of the zipper tape to one free side of the zipper opening. Stitch in place. As you stitch from the top of the zipper to the bottom (or to the zipper pull, where you can’t stitch anymore) try to keep the zipper teeth out of the way of the machine needle with your finger. Stitch close to the zipper teeth being careful not to catch the zipper teeth. Backstitch a few times at the bottom of the zipper.

Step 4 – Pin the opposing side of the zipper the to the opposite seam allowance now. Repeat step 3 and stitch this side of the zipper from top to bottom.

Step 5 – Close the zipper. At the base of the zipper, pull up the free zipper tape with your fingers and spear a pin from one stitched side to the other. Stitch and backstitch in place with an adjustable zipper foot from just above the speared pin to the end of the garment.

Step 6 – Press your seam allowance open at the bottom of your zipper opening. Turn over and lightly press your zipper whilst closed. From here, you’re finished! Zip your zip up and down, making sure it doesn’t catch on anything and then sit back and admire your handiwork. You just inserted an invisible zipper!

A few things to consider:

Here’s some of my thoughts on invisible zips. These are things I’ve found out through experience as I’ve used this zipper application a bazillion times. Keep in mind that these are just my thoughts and you might have different ones – which is totally great too. I think we all have some strong opinions on invisible zips, here are mine:

  • I don’t ever put my iron directly on the zipper coils. This includes pressing open the zipper coils so that you can get closer to the zipper coils with your regular zipper foot. Every time I’ve put my iron directly on the teeth coils, the zipper has come apart AFTER I stitched it into the garment and while I was wearing it. Yeah, just rips right in the middle of the zipper too. Rips right apart, I tell you! I’ve done this more times than I care to admit (and I’ve seen it happen to others just as much because they did this very thing). Don’t do it! If you have to press an invisible zipper, only press the tape.
  • Invisible zippers have to be stabilized, in my opinion. They are so likely to warp. By that I mean that they bubble or the bottom jets out and looks really funky. Stabilize the zipper opening with the organza, fusible tricot, or stay tape and you’ll get a much better, stronger outcome.
  • Don’t use an invisible zipper on a garment that requires lots of stability or that is using the zipper to help keep something in place – aka a strapless gown, aka a bridal strapless gown with lots and lots of skirt layers. Since they’re the weakest of all zipper applications, I’ve found that they don’t do well in those types of garments. Better to have something much stronger and more durable and avoid a zipper blow out incredible hulk style.
  • Trim down bulky seams around a zipper. Grading, trimming and clipping corners are all good at helping keep invisible zippers zipping up and down without a hitch.

That’s about all I have to say about invisible zips. What are your thoughts? I admit, I do like the way invisible zips look. Enjoy!

May the odds be ever in your favor.

  • Ellie - I have a question which has always puzzled me when it comes to reinforcing around zips…. How would I attach the organza? I get how something fusible would attach, but how would I attach the organza without stitching showing through?ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Ah! When you use silk organza, you’ll baste the strips of organza to the zipper opening using a smaller seam allowance. Since the seam allowance is going to be on the inside of the garment, it won’t show and once the zipper is inserted you can remove the basting stitches if desired. Since organza is stiff, its easy to sew with and usually won’t slip and slide around so tacking it down at the seam allowance works just fine (or you could even use a fusible web to hold it in place too). Hopefully this makes sense!ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - It took me forever to start using invisible zippers, but now that I have, I love them. I haven’t experienced the splitting that you have, and fingers crossed I don’t. My biggest learning curve was how to match horizontal seams across the zipper (like a waist seam). After ripping out a few zippers, I finally thought it through and posted my own tutorial (it’s at http://homeon129acres.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/how-to-match-seams-across-an-invisible-zipper/ if you don’t mind me sharing).ReplyCancel

    • lucy - Julia, your tip about basting is a good one. I would add that the basting only has to be in the area that the seams are in; much less to rip if you need to try again.

      I love invisible zippers and recommend them to all my students. They are so much easier to install and for young girls, my primary students, they yield much better results.ReplyCancel

  • ltinuviel - I think it’s pretty easy to put an invisible zipper on a two pieces of fabric. It’s harder to attach it to the pencil skirt in progress. And of course, the real mastership – attaching that zipper to the skirt and its lining. It doesn’t exist tutorial for that.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - You are right! It is pretty easy to put in a zipper on two pieces of fabric in the flat – which is why you put a zipper in a pencil skirt whilst keeping it in the flat for as long as possible. Also, in my Craftsy class there is a video tutorial for how to attach an invisible zipper with a lining – and I did it in a pencil skirt! Definitely check it out!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Your tutorial is what taught me how to do an invisible zipper successfully! I must have referred to it twenty times when I first started sewing! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Doris - Sunni, thank you so much for this invisible zipper tutorial. I like the looks of them best in a dress especially. These other sewers that do the tutorials I think are in the selling business as much or more than teaching, and your way of putting in the precious invisible zip is just the best. Thank you! DorisReplyCancel

  • Anita Boeira - Oh my goodness! At last! Just tried this method and it worked so much better. I still need some practice, but this is the best zipper I ever sewed! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Favorite Pattern: Anna Dress, by Hand London | Anita Boeira - […] this is the first dress that I put a zipper I’m not embarrassed of! I used this tutorial from A Fashionable Stitch and it’s the best zipper I have ever sewed! It was pretty easy, but I need add a few more of […]ReplyCancel

  • Fiesta dress for Sew Dolly Clackett (By Hand London Anna dress) | Colette's sewing & stuff - […] it, but I wasn’t going to do it again!).  I referred to both Lauren’s tutorial and Sunni’s tutorial, as well as the By Hand London Anna […]ReplyCancel

  • no knitted knickers - I finished my first ever hand made item of clothing last weekend – a Ginger skirt from Colette – complete with an invisible zip. I watched endless tutorials and read countless blog posts and practised a few times on a scrap of fabric. But I’m embarrassed to say that I broke a needle on my first attempt because nowhere did it mention that the needle setting had to be centred. Never underestimate the ignorance of a novice! Thanks for the tutorial.ReplyCancel

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Whilst in the throes of Project Sewn, I contacted Lauren about exchanging care packages. Its something that I’ve seen other bloggers do for each other and to be honest, I was totally jealous that I hadn’t got myself in on this action! I think, if ever there was a time that I needed it, its been this season in my life. Owning a brick and mortar shop and allllllllllllllllllllllll of the stuff that goes with that is beyond anything you might imagine hard. Since this past November I’ve had my share of crazy. And to be frank, it diminishes your spirit big time. Some days it really does seem like one big let down after another. Why, just yesterday, I had to deal with the weirdest, most surprising situation yet. Seriously, every single day there seems to be a new thing. And the last thing I need right now, is another thing. Sigh….

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So I thought it was definitely time for a care package. The idea of receiving one got me unbelievably excited (especially cuz I could use a treat in a real bad way) and the idea of putting one together for someone else put me over the moon. Lauren’s been on my radar for some time and I finally got up the nerve to ask her about it. I have a serious girl crush on Lauren. Like, she says things that I would totally love to say and I look up to her “I don’t take crap from anyone” attitude. Oh my goodness! She has a fabulous sense of humor and she’s real down to earth and she lives in Nashville. She’s supah time warp sewing fast and everything she sews catches my attention and I always think about ripping off her stuff because I love her makes. I’ve read Lauren’s blog forever (I’m pretty sure since just after she started writing one) and I can only imagine meeting her in real life.

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So this last week, we exchanged some seriously stupendous care packages. I had to show you glimpses of what Lauren put together for me because it was/felt/is really special. Some crazy fab fabric and wonderful notions, patterns and oh my gosh my favorite – this pretty little dish (I’m thinking small buttons or pins would be lovely in here) and (I die!) these strawberry buttons with matching green buckle slide. She wrote me a lovely note and is pretty much the best sewing friend ever!

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Now, let’s talk some straightness here. I’m not posting this to make you feel jealous (though if you were a little green with envy I totally wouldn’t blame you) but more to tell you that you should do something like this with a sewing friend that you know in real life or through the interwebs. It’s unbelievably wonderful to receive a sewing care package, especially when you know that you really really need one. I felt totally spoiled when I received Lauren’s package and it was such fun putting together a care package for Lauren. So fun! Oh happy day!

Now, back to the business of being well, businessy. And sewing up all this sewing goodness too. Cheers!

  • Leslie - Lauren is a gas, isn’t she. Press the foot to the pedal! Your package is so special and unique. Enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Doris - Sunni girl, you are way too young and pretty to be feeling overwhelmed with all the businessy shop stuff. With your personality and sewing smarts and great tastes, you will go far. Hugs, DorisReplyCancel

  • Nhi - Aw this is just too sweet. I love the idea of a care package. We all need a little fun surprise in our life. Especially you with all the craziness that comes with the business.ReplyCancel

  • EmSewCrazy - That is a pretty amazing package! What a great pick me up. Thanks for the encouragement to reach out to a friend!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - This is such an unbelievably wonderful idea! I haven’t received a care package since I was in university and my mom sent me one. To get a sewing care package??? I’d be over the moon! Glad to hear that your lovely package picked up your spirits a little….ReplyCancel

  • Miss Crayola Creepy - That’s so awesome that you two were able to swap gifts! Rochelle at Lucky Lucille and I send each other gifts every now and then and it always brightens my day to receive them. It TOTALLY makes my day when I get her thank you texts when she receives mine :) I’m so thankful for my sewing friends on the world wide web!ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - what a great care package! running a shop kinda sounds like life with kids… you hope at some point a day will run smoothly, and it never does! things you can’t even possibly imagine happen and it’s easy to get frustrated with the negative. i hope you can look back and see that you’ve done a great job. take pride in the small accomplishments because they do add up!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Yep, I’m kinda jealous. Lauren is one of my favourite bloggers (blogesses?) too. A care pkg from her would be guaranteed to be awesome – and it was!
    I’ve started dabbling a very little into the sewing-stuff-swap with a friend who’s currently living in Germany. We had our first round a couple months ago and she sent me a piece of silk twill with the most beautiful butterfly print on it, like ‘high fashion’ butterflies, lol. It’s going to make a gorgeous something!
    Reading posts like this make me want to do more. I do need to do a major purge of my outrageously huge stash this spring…..anyone wanna play with me? ;o)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Aw yeah! I’m so thrilled you liked everything in the package – because I had so much fun picking everything out and putting it all together! Not to mention, receiving your care package was pretty fun too :D yay! Sewing care packages are the best :) ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - When I was quilting, the blog ladies used to organize a Christmas swap. All handmade goodies, I sent one package to Norway, I’m in Canada. It was so exciting to receive than also to wait for your secret partner to post that they received their package.ReplyCancel

  • The Nerdy Seamstress - This is so awesome. I would love to meet some sewing friends too. Sewing care packages are the best, especially coming from someone that put thought and care into the package. You’re one lucky gal!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - Care packages are THE best! I really think there should be a thing where people who really need a sewing boost, or a general pick-me-up, can put themselves on a list to get a special present in the mail from a fellow sewer. Like a secret santa but year round and it doesn’t have to be a secret. Someone should make that a thing. Lord knows I have enough stuff in my stash that needs a good home…ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Let’s get this out of the way: LAUREN IS THE BEST.

    And, I’m really bowled over by the lovelies she put together for you. The strawberries!!!!! I hope that the high and the long-distant hug you got from these sort of overrides any real crazy you have lingering. And, I really hope smoother seas are ahead. It would only be fair. xoxReplyCancel