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« on: November 10, 2009 12:11:33 PM »

Hey, I just thought I'd put this out there for anyone procrastinating (dreading) over having to replace a zipper on a winter jacket.  In my house there is usually one a year and, damnit, I just didn't want to do it this year.

So, I did this instead:
 


The placket was taken from the front of a button-down shirt, which turned out to be faster, easier, cheaper, and greener. 

More info and tutorial here, if you like.

Maybe this will help someone else out too Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009 12:32:40 PM »

this is a wonderful idea!
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2009 12:37:05 PM »

My first thought was, "but I hate buttonholes more than I hate zippers," but then I read the part underneath the picture.  Smiley

It's cute. The placket area ends up having the sides of the coat past the zipper behind it so it's not going to be extra cold (with no insulating fabric as a natural part of the shirt), yes?

 I might have to try this with my old winter coat. When I zip it, the only parts that stay zipped are the very top (where the zipper head is), and the very bottom.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2009 01:09:12 PM »

I love the idea and the jacket looks great. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2009 02:10:37 PM »

This is actually a very good idea.  I'll have to use it for a quilted coat that's missing one of the metal fasteners.  Thanks!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2009 08:00:36 AM »

That's a great idea.  The ideas that moms come up with are great and very useful. Grin.   Just a piece of advice for those zippers that separate. I got this info from a lady who runs a sewing store.  If you gently squeeze the main part of the zipper with a pair of pliers on both sides.  Key word is gently.  That should help those seperating zippers, it's because all the pulling  of the zippers up and down that causes them to open up a bit more so the teeth don't get squished together right or totally.
 
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2009 06:19:14 AM »

Gee... I have pliers... I might try that first (if only because I don't really have a button down shirt that goes with my coat at the moment).
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2009 05:31:17 AM »

yet again, you have saved my sanity Vegbee.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2009 11:05:58 AM »

What a wonderful idea!
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