Where I am today with faux leather skirt

Here is photo of the back of the faux leather skirt from yesterday.


This AM I decided to go with an exposed zipper instead of an invisible zipper.  The first reason was that it looked good and second reason was aligning the yoke pieces at center back and not wanting to have to potentially resew that area if it did not line up. Lastly, I don't have a Teflon coated zipper foot and that was going to make sewing the zipper treacherous.  My Teflon foot is too wide to sew over an invisible zipper and of course I can not find my Foot Magic Telfon tape to attach to the bottom of the zipper foot.  So exposed zipper it is as I have done this easily on several garments.

Here I am after attempting the exposed zipper
I have sewed so meticulously and slowly so as not to have to undo seams because of the holes that are left when you remove thread.  I have sewn zippers numerous times and in some cases I use Magic Scotch Tape because it is so easy to remove; it is a sewing tip from long ago in a Power Sewing book by Sandra Betzina.  Never have I had any problems with removing that tape after stitching a zipper. UNTIL TODAY!

Here is a photo of the zipper attached to the back of the skirt.

When I go to remove the tape it seems like it had melded to the fabric ( and it had).  
The result is a separation of the fabric from the fabric backing!!!!!  And here is a smaller tear
Trust me screaming and swearing was just awful and I am glad I had the house to myself.

Thankfully, I have more of this fabric and was able to cut out all three back pieces again and start all over.  It now looks like yesterday evening's photo above.  Deja vu!

Now that a few hours have passed since doing the above, I have worked out another solution (I hope) to attach this exposed zipper; or I can wait until the mail man brings me my new order of Foot Magic Telfon tape and start on the camel/black skirt.

Will let you know soon my decision!




Comments

  1. Linda, I felt your pain just looking at the photos. As sad as this is you have just proven to be a wonderful teacher. This is a great lesson for the rest of us. Thanks for sharing as some would never share such painful experience. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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    1. I definitely learned a lesson and glad to share the good, the bad and the ugly!

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  2. Oh my! Sorry to hear about the heartache! May the force be with you from here!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I am feeling somewhat better now and have plan B in place for sewing that darn zipper!

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  3. Oh so frustrating! So glad you had leftover fabric to start again!

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    1. Me too! I normally buy more than I need when buying online just because you never know. So glad I did that with this fabric as well.

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  4. Oh Linda, my heart sank when I seen the pictures and glad you have extra fabric. I echo DotDot thank you for sharing.

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