Left to do:
THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU MAKE THE YOKE
NOW WE'RE DOING YOKE FACING.
At this point the instructions say "pin facing to garment" but I'm pretty sure what they mean is "pin yoke facing to yoke, right sides together, so that it sticks up in the air."
The instructions say "baste raw edges together" but I am not sure at all what they mean. Do they mean the zipper side? I can do that.
ZIPPER STUFF STARTS HERE
Pin LEFT back edge to zipper tape (all the LEFTS here just mean DO NOT FUCK UP AND PUT THE ZIPPER ON THE SIDE WHERE THERE IS NO ZIPPER), pressing pressed edge close to zipper teeth and tab end of zipper 3/8/ below upper edge of opening. Turn upper end of zipper tape over seam allowance. Baste. (... Upper end of zipper tape?)
Pin and baste LEFT (not the wrong side) front edge to zipper tape, lapping LEFT back 1/8" over LEFT back (WHAT THE FUCK). Turn upper end of zipper tape over seam allowance (what seam allowance? The diagram makes it look like you put the inside of the zipper tape under the bit of skirt fabric you just basted down, which makes sense.)
Baste. Stitch as basted, using an adjustable zipper foot (I don't even know if I have one of those, so I imagine I will use a normal foot type foot.)
Sew a hook and eye at upper edge when garment is finished.
I should probably iron something at this point. I swear to god, sewing should mostly be called "cutting", "pinning", and "ironing." The fun bit where you use a nifty machine to put pieces together with thread is like 10% of total time spent.
- Hem facing, using as opportunity to practice hemming.
- Hem garment itself.
- Iron some more shit, you know you've gotta.
- Holy shit done.
These are retyped instructions, since I am terrible at following pretty much all technical writing ever. I don't think I'm going to get anything besides retyping these done this morning, or in fact today, as it is my birthday and hopefully I will later be eating cake.
I keep having to remind myself that I will fit all these steps in my head eventually and they will seem like second nature. I also originally thought that I was capable of a garment a week, and I think I am, but I would have to do it every single day no breaks at my present skill level, and I have other things to do with my free time. I think sewing every third day is more realistic; I think I can get things done in seven sewing days, but the number of sewing days I've got is going to vary. I still want to get my sewing plan pushed through with some alacrity, though, partially because having a schedule keeps me from putting off learning the hard parts, like zipper insertion and proper hemming.
Also, I managed to buy the right zipper color without bringing along a fabric sample, but the thread I got is a little too dark, so I have to make it to the sewing store (maybe tomorrow morning?) before I can do any visible stitching. So at most I can cut out and construct the lining before the weekend.