Quote For Today

I am full of stinking cold, and have come out of a long meeting, but seeing the above on London Underground cheered me right up! I thought you’d enjoy it, too.

NB Does anyone have hints or tips about finishing the handstitching of a dress lining to a zip? Specifically, at the very bottom of the zip, where the lining closes back into a seam? I’ve never felt fully satisfied with my finishes on this part of a make. Last night I trawled my reference books, my sewing magazines and the Internet. Nada. Naught. Nothing.

Is this an area that experts discreetly pass over because there’s no easy answer?

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14 Responses to Quote For Today

  1. Joanne says:

    Heheh very good – I also love it when tube drivers make jokes over the loudspeaker and you look up and smile and catch someone else’s eye doing the same thing.

    I’m afraid I can’t help with the lining issue though – not got the skills for that yet! Sorry! Sending healing thoughts for stinking cold though 🙂

  2. Stacy says:

    You might check out Sewaholic’s blog (http://sewaholic.net/) she has a lot of great how-to. Love the quote by the way.

  3. Andrea says:

    Ha– I like the dark humor.

    As for linings, I don’t know what others do, but I just leave the last little bit unsewed. I’ve also found that sewing it down looked unsatisfactory, mainly because I usually wouldn’t be able to get the back seam of the lining centered without puckering up one side of the other!

  4. frk.bustad says:

    Great quote! Everyday humour is so important…
    I’m not quite sure what you mean by finishing the lining, but maybe this can help: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/finishing-the-top-of-a-zip-%E2%80%9Cfiskars-unzipped%E2%80%9D
    I normally sew the lining up to the opening of the zipper, and just hand stitch (slip stitch) to the zipper.

  5. I think that’s what we call “humour anglais” in France. I wish the RATP (French Underground Company) did the same, but it will never happen, alas.

  6. piakdy says:

    Can you post a picture of the lining area you’re talking about? Don’t quite understand the description…

  7. Great quote, I think I’ll have to borrow that.
    I’ve wondered myself about making a neat zipper with a lining. I hope you get a good answer.
    Get well soon, colds suck.

  8. Vicki Kate says:

    Could you show a picture as I’m not quite getting the description either. I have the same issues with zip to lining finishes though but have just finished the lining against a zip quite successfully and will do a post about what I did. It should go up tomorrow morning all being well…

  9. LinB says:

    I typically do a butterfly stay at points of stress, as at the top of a side slit on a tunic, or at top of slit in skirt or pants hem. I also do one at the bottom of a lapped zipper opening, and on lining seam where it splits to receive the zipper. You could do a hand-made bar tack, too. Learned the butterfly stay in a Threads magazine article about a British designer couple, years ago. Let me see if I can find the article to reference it for you. [long pause] No luck on website. I’ll have to thumb through old copies at home tonight.

    • That’s very kind of you – please don’t go to too much trouble.

      • LinB says:

        What, and miss the chance to ignore my husband’s television shows as I pore through those marvelous documents? There’s only six per year, and I know what year it was … Victory! April/May, 1996. Page 68: “To Make a Figure 8 Tack.” Article is under the heading “Details to Die For.”

  10. MrsC says:

    Leave the little gap. It’s perfectly acceptable 🙂

  11. I always just leave a gap at the end of the lining seam too. I remember having a look at some RTW dresses when I was lining a dress and they were done like that.

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