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« on: January 15, 2005 10:40:47 AM »

hi everyone. there have been a couple cool pants projects lately (e.g., kaffrin's black and pink jeans!) and there seemed to be lots of questions about how to do a fly front zipper. so i thought i'd make a tutorial the next time i installed one. hope this is helpful to someone. let me know if anything is unclear. here goes:

1. Cut out your pattern pieces. The back pieces will be unmodified, but if the pattern wasnt already designed to have a fly, you will add extra fly flaps to the front center seam (indicated by the red solid line).
2. Leaving about an in open on the bottom, stitch the crotch seam, stopping at the fly flaps. (white dotted line).

3. Separate the pieces and lay them flat, right side up. Lay your zipper face down on the left side, lining up the zipper teeth with the front center seam. Stitch along the zipper tape on the right (red dotted line).

4. Turn the zipper right side up, folding the fly flap under the outer fabric. Press this fold. Cut off the excess fabric from the fly flap. Cut a rectangle of scrap fabric that is the length of your zipper and 3 4 inches wide. Fold this in half lengthwise and overcast or serge the raw edges together.

5. Pin your scrap rectangle underneath the zipper so the folded edge sticks out into the fly of the pants and the rest covers the wrong side of the zipper. Stitch through all layers (outer fabric, zipper tape, fly flap, and 2 layers of scrap rectangle), shown by red dotted line.

6. Now lay the 2 sides together again. Pin the 2 sides together along the line you stitches in the previous step. This is just to help you line things up and you wont actually stitch there.

7. Now lift up the flap so you can see the zipper tape. Pin the zipper tape to the fly flap. Stitch, making sure you are only stitch through the zipper tape and fly flap. Overcast or serge the raw edge of the fly flap.

8. Open the 2 sides and lay them face up again. Line up the folded edge on the top piece with the stitch line on the bottom piece (red solid line). Pin. Press. Topstitch the outer fabric to the fly flap about 1 inch from the folded edge (white dotted line).

9. Thats it! Now you can add whatever type of waistband you like. Heres what the fly looks like all finished. Notice that it is covered not only on the outside (hence the term fly), but also on the inside, so its more comfortable to wear! Just like store-bought pants.

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2005 05:27:39 PM »

Great tutorial! They're pretty easy once you've done them a couple of times and I'm sure this will be helpful to a lot of people.

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2005 05:42:15 AM »

good work!  Grin

i think perfect flies come with lots of practice, but this certainly makes it a lot clearer.

i expect to see a whole load of amazing trousers (or pants, my transatlantic buddies) in the show off section now  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2005 06:51:42 AM »

Great tutorial! you make it seem so easy - not that it's hard but the instructions that come with the patterns aren't always so clear...

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2006 10:27:27 AM »

ARIGATO!! I love you now! I was thinking about how I wanted to make some pants, and I wanted a tute like this! Thanks a million!
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006 12:53:38 AM »

thanks for this! Your instructions are really easy to follow... Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2006 03:00:54 PM »

i had forgotten about posting this, but i am glad people are finding it helpful! yay!

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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2006 03:53:49 PM »

you're so freakin' super!
Just a few hours ago I wanted to make pj pants for my boyfie, but (un)fortunately I didn't have enough fabric... but now I have a second chance, with more fabric, and how to install a fly.
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2006 11:10:20 PM »

I must bow to you.I completly understandthis!!I am wowed.My pants look great.

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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2006 12:49:21 PM »

Thank you so much - I lost several hours of my life trying to figure this out. Your tutorial makes it so much easier to follow than my pattern instructions!

Thank you thank you thank you!

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