Friday, 17 May 2013

Sewing Setbacks

I am feeling disheartened as while wearing my new denim skirt today, I became aware of a burning sensation on my left side. Investigations revealed a big red rash. I have a very extreme nickel allergy and used a vintage metal zip from my stash which must contain some :(

To correct this there is a ton of unpicking to do and since inserting the zip was my least favorite bit of making this skirt I am feeling pretty fed up! When I get over my strop, I am thinking of somehow creating a side button fastening. Much safer!

And for further reference, no more metal zips, ever!

How do you deal with hiccups in your projects? Am I the only one who has to come back to an 'issue' when I am feeling calmer?!

Happy sewing, 'til next time!


  1. Most of my sewing strops go on my Pile of Shame....which is quite Himalayan like in proportions.Quite by chance I went back to something that was languishing on this pile and re-jiggled it yesterday and will blog about it soon.It turned out not so much of a disaster in the end.
    I hate side zips full stop they always make me itch .but don't give up on your skirt there is always another day!

  2. Oh, that is a shame! The good news is that I think a lot of modern zips are made from plastic :)

  3. You have my complete and total understanding, my fellow nickel allergy suffer. I'm crazy sensitive to this pesky commonplace metal, too, and have had to part with (or alter) many a garment over the years because it contained fastenings or embellishments that were no nickel-free.

    Buttons are the way to go for sure - and, really, let's face it, they usually look a whole lot cuter than a zipper anyhow, so it's a win-win across the boards.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Oh bummer! I guess I'm lucky nobody makes zips out of ragweed or cat hair! Hopefully it doesn't set you back too much.

    Sometimes, I have to let a problem languish while I think it over. Maybe that's better, as you really have time to go over all the options, rather than making a quick fix. I'm just now going to try to fix a dress I made a year and a half ago. It took me that long to think of a possible fix (and stop hating the dress too much, hehe.)