Everyone - you are stars! Thank you so much for all your advice on zips. It was good to hear that this is a problem I share with others. I will try the pencil-rubbing first...but I have a lingering suspicion that I have actually damaged the zip during the "gentle pressing" deployed to open the zip coil before sewing. And as I have never sewn an invisible zip before, and it is now encased by the waistband, I am not entirely sure how to get at the stitching to unpick it.
So... despite my perfectionist streak saying I ought to rip it apart completely and put in a new zip, I think I am going to do something artistic to secure the top of the waistband. It is just so neat below the waistband, I don't have the heart to destroy my careful handiwork! I rather liked Lorna's suggestion to use a frog fastening, because this would not affect the zip function if it suddenly decides to work properly. The problem with my original plan of adding loops and buttons is that I would want to sew the loops to the inside of the waist, and have them looping out to the upper surface to reach the buttons on the outside... past the zipper teeth. Hmmm.
Photo credit: ebay seller.
As I am planning to use purple gingham bias binding on the hem, I think I will shamelessly copy this idea, and stitch big black vintage hooks and eyes onto a piece of the purple tape as a decorative feature, either on the outside or the inside, depending on how much of a feature I want it to be! This would not prevent later use of the zip if it springs into life.
Bodge job? I deny it! ; )
I am somewhat shocked to report that FL played 9 holes of golf yesterday. This is the man who was supposed to be taking it easy! He says he thinks the exercise "freed his chest" and that "a little breathlessness" was good for him. What can I say? But he must be feeling better - he could never have attempted such madness a week ago. That's his first golf since August.
Although he was a bit grumpy about the removal of steroids from his treatment regime, his energy level has been noticeably more even. I would much rather he went through life in a steady 2nd / 3rd gear, instead of surging from 1st to 5th and back again, shooting himself (and me) through the metaphorical windscreen once a week!
I have cut out my Betsey Johnson pattern trousers. They are going to be amazing! I hope to get on with them tomorrow as I have the day off to take The Girl to the airport for a trip to see her dad (it is half-term here).
I am about ten tiny rows away from the end of Betty Jean's second sleeve. After that? Steeking, baby, steeking! EEK!
Oh heaven help me, I am totally tied up in knots thinking about office-appropriate winter footwear. I have spent hours scouring the web for something brown and something black... only to decide I want something burgundy, and buying nothing. What a waste of good knitting time!