Sunday, January 22, 2012

Knitted Vest with Zipper

Remember this vest I started last year? I finally dug it out of the basket this weekend and finished seaming the shoulders and sides. I also picked up stitches around the neck and finished the collar. I had so much drama with the zipper but finally got the right one for vests. Who would have known that there is so much to zippers?!

 Separating vs. regular zipper

I first got the 22" "polyester" brown zipper shown on the right, then realized that this will not allow me to "open" up the vest! Duh! This just isn't going to work! Why do realizations always occur after I have already made the purchase and opened it!? So I stopped by another fabric shop in the area that carries "separating" zippers, such as the white one shown on the left in the picture. See how these two look different? You want the white one on the left for cardigans, vests, or jackets, and the one on the right for purses, etc. 

Separating zipper in action. 

I wish the store carried this zipper in brown though. They had such a small collection of separating zippers, so this white will have to make do. Now that I finally have the right zipper, I can insert it. I have never inserted zippers into knitwear before. I basted the edges of the vest with a bright yellow yarn so it can be removed easily later. We will see where this takes me! Wish me luck :)

How hard can it be!? 

By the way, we are celebrating Lunar New Year tonight. I wish you a very happy Chinese New Year. It's the year of the dragon. What's your Chinese zodiac sign?

1 comment:

Maryse said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you! My Chinese zodiac sign is Rat. It says good things but it sure feels strange... What's yours? I really wonder how a zipper can be added to knitwear. I'll be looking forward to see the result of yours! Good luck but being a sewer, I'm confident that all will go well for you on that!