Zipper in a Bag

This blog post – and the last tutorial from my Caramel Mocha Swirl set – is another Zipper! Tutorial!  Previously, I have talked about bagged out garments and how that works.  This post deals with how to put zippers into backed out garments.  In my CMS Bodice, the entire thing is bag-lined, but I need a way to get into it!  So I am going to put a zipper in the center back!  Using this method, you will be able to see the zipper, so make sure you color match – or contrast!  Also, be careful to note if your zipper will need to be separating!  In this garment, the zipper does need to be.

Here is the zipper this tutorial shows you how to do!


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Animazement 2013!

Animazement was so much fun this year!  Lots of great people watching, hanging with friends, fun Lolita events and dressing up!

Here are my coordinates:


Animazement Friday Coordinate
JSK: Handmade, Love Letters
Blouse: Forever21
Belt: Charming Charlie’s
Purse: Amazon, Hello Kitty
Necklace: Forever21
Bracelet: Claire’s
Gloves: Claire’s
Headbows: Hot Topic
Earrings: Handmade
Wig: Gothic Lolita Wigs, Classic Wavy Light Auburn
Tights: Gifted
Shoes: Payless Shoes

Animazement Saturday Coordinate
Bodice & Skirt: Handmade, Caramel Mocha Swirl
Blouse: Handmade
Socks: Gifted
Boots: Vintage, Thrifted
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Earrings: Handmade
Bow: Handmade

Animazement Sunday Coordinate
Skirt: Handmade, Cupcakes
Button-Up Camisole: Dillard’s
Under Camisole: Charlotte Russe
Crop Jacket: Charlotte Russe
Socks: Gifted
Boots: Bodyline
Wig: Gothic Lolita Wigs, Classic Wavy Blonde
Rings: Foever21
Earrings: Hot Topic
Necklace: Tasty Peach Studios


Finding the Balance

Sometimes, simply hemming a skirt even all the way around does not produce an even hem when worn.  Sometimes, shaped waistbands, pleating, gathering and other sewing elements can effect the hem.  Sometimes, body shape is the factor that changes the hang of the skirt.  For me, on my Caramel Mocha Skirt, it is both.  My skirt has box pleats and I have a very uneven hips, thanks to figure skating.  So I always, ALWAYS Balance my Hems to make sure they will be even.

It is a very easy, quick process.  All you need is a good ruler, a tape measurer, a dress form or a friend to help you and some pins.  If your skirt is going over a petticoat, make sure you have that too.

  1. Set or pad out your dress form to match your body.  I use legwarmers and scrap fabric to pad out my forms.
  2. Put your petticoat and skirt onto the dress form.  You can see here why I need to balance my hem so bad.  So uneven!  (side shot)
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