I confess to having a fear of sewing zips. To prevent this fear from holding me back in my quest to develop my sewing skills I must tackle it head on and early. A girl simply can’t go on selecting patterns that don’t require a zip indefinitely.
I whipped up this make-up bag with fabric leftover from my royal blue top and some navy cotton leftover from curtain making. I covered the ends of the zip first then sandwiched the zip sides between the inner and outer fabrics. When I sewed up the sides of the bag, I left a small gap in the inner fabric for turning and hand stitched this shut afterwards.
The zip part required careful reading of my sewing machine users guide and apart from a few little wobbles (being overly critical) it looks good. Certainly good enough for a make-up bag. I guess the next progression is zips on a curve or in a dress and understanding the different methods of inserting. The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible has a good chapter on this which I shall be studying.