Invisible zippers (and other lovely things)

Today, because the sun was out (and because we needed some supplies) Sophia and I decided to hit the Memorial Day sale at one of our favorite fabric shops. So we grabbed our coupon booklet, donned our helmets and sallied forth upon the tandem bicycle. (It’s quite an adventure, by the way — you all should try it someday!)

As you probably know, we usually use invisible zippers to close our dresses. We love the way they provide a smooth, professional finish to the backside of the dress, not to mention the lovely sound they make zipping up and down!

Back when we started, we used one kind of invisible zipper almost exclusively — it was readily available, and it came in a bazillion colors! It works great, and we really loved the way we could pick out one that matched whatever fabric we were using almost exactly.

Recently, however, we got brave and tried using another brand of zipper, which boasts a much smaller, more flexible coil (the little teeth that interlock). As a result, it’s lighter, smaller, and works even better in doll dresses. The only drawback is that the color selection is rather spotty, so we can’t always get the shade we want. Yes, we know, you can paint the slider to match the fabric, since the slider is all that really shows in the end — but we’re sticklers for consistency, and that just somehow seems wrong to us!

After we found the zippers we needed at the store today, we just had to wander through the clearance aisle. Guess what we found: green vinyl leather! It’s delightfully soft and smooth — and what’s not to love about grass green?  



the machine is back!

Yes, it’s true — we picked it up this morning from its much-needed service apppointment. It’s so nice to hear it purring along again! As is often the case for any dear friend, we didn’t realize how much we missed it until we fired it up and  heard its little voice singing out the stitches again this afternoon. Same machine, same familiar song, same delightful tone of voice. Only, it seems so much happier now that it’s been tuned up!

Sigh. It’s good to have you back, sewing machine!


Far too quiet around here!


Hi everybody, Lisette here! Has it really been three weeks since we posted last? Oops!

Guess what? We are doing something completely new. (Several completely new things, in fact — but this is the most relevant…)

there will be a summer line this year!


It’ll probably come out at the end of next month, just in time for the official start of summer. Probably by that time the weather will be a little nicer (it’s been raining quite a bit lately…) but that doesn’t stop us hankering after a good new sundress =) And we know you feel the same way!

So, for now, we’re enjoying the sunbreaks, making patterns, and dreaming big. The sewing will commence shortly (the dear old machine is in the shop getting its annual checkup, but we just got word that it’s ready to come home and start work again)! Now, to go put scissors to fabric…