First, we picked up this fabulous pineapple printed cotton fabric. The customer has requested a Topsy Turvy skirt, so we acquired her measurements and have the pattern ready to go to start cutting away! We don't utilize industrial cutting machines, just Angela's trusty shears!
Now, Angela marks, pins, stitches then presses the darts. Sewing professionally means a lot of time pressing with the iron to make sure the inside looks as great as the outside. This contributes to the longevity of the garment, where your investment in it lasts! The darts are there to create the contour that brings in the waist while allowing for that fullness in the hips!
Here's the fun part, the application of the invisible zipper! This goes right in the center back of this custom Topsy Turvy skirt.
A note from myself on this, I find the Coats Invisible Zipper Foot to be absolute trash. The plastic pieces keep falling off mid-stitch. At least, that's my experience...
I suggest home sewers buy the one piece clear invisible zipper feet like the ones from Singer. I bought mine off of eBay.
Want to learn from Angela how to install an invisible zipper? You too can DIY!
1.) Press the coils of the zipper open.
2.) Using the clear invisible zipper foot, stitch each side of the zipper creating a half in seam allowances. Try not to pull the fabric of the zipper. Just let them slowly do their thing.
3.) Switch to a standard zipper foot and sew 1/2 from the zipper stop at the bottom end of the zipper.
4.) The last step is to press open the center seam under the zipper.
In the future, we will add a video of instructional to this blog post to show zipper installation in action.
Before attaching the flounce and hemming, our client gets to choose her trim. We have aqua pom-pom, or ric rac in light yellow, hot pink or kelly green. They are available for mix and match or just to keep it simple with a plain hem. We work with you to allow your clothes to be exactly what you envision. Mode Merr custom clothes are a colloboration with the customer in bespoke fashion.
Now, the Topsy Turvy wiggle skirt is complete! We hope sharing our process with you helps you see what is put into making your original clothing pieces. Feeling like your wardrobe needs a summer ready pineapple print? Just email us for us to begin your custom order of a gathered, fitted, or circle skirt with your choice of available trims. You can also order the Topsy Turvy skirt in the web store and leave your measurements and fabric choice in the comments when ordering. If you would like the Gathered Jess style, Proper Circle, or Perfect Skirt, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to get started. The top shown above is our Limited Edition Pink Fluffy Tawdry Top.