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« on: April 08, 2009 01:25:27 AM »

So I am really inspired by the dresses with exposed zips down the front, how ever I don't know how to sew them!
Does anyone have any tips for me?
I haven't sewn a normal zip in a while (only invisible ones) so i'm a lil rusty and I don't want the zip to go allllll the way to the bottom of the dress so I need to know how to finish the seam and hem.

Here are some pics of what I sort of want:
This is a coat but it's similar to what I like


I like this one but only if the ended at about half way.

So can anyone help me? Cheesy
« Last Edit: April 08, 2009 06:27:28 AM by jungrrl - Reason: Please do not hotlink images - thanks! » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009 05:53:14 AM »

It's been ages since I put in a regular zipper, so I'm not sure if I can be much help, but most dress patterns have a zipper that goes part way down the back, so check the instructions for finishing the seam.

I might recommend trying to have the zipper end a seam attaching two pieces to make things easier (so the waist seam or a skirt tier or something).  This way you would sew both sides of the top front to the zipper (sewing each side to the tape leaving the desired width exposed), and then treat it like one piece when sewing to the bottom part.

I hope this helps, but I'm sure someone else will have better ideas. 

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2009 07:46:49 PM »

anyone else? Sad
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009 12:47:40 AM »

are you lining it? that way you can enclose the zipper between the two layers. either way, you'll have to cut it all the way through. sew it back up regularly on the bottom part where you want the zipper to stop, and baste where you want the zipper to sit. then pin in the closed zipper and use a zipper foot to sew it in, like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e_oUryDfP4
 if you don't want to line it, you'll need to fold the unfinished edge under your zipper and sew it down to enclose the raw edge.
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009 02:13:25 PM »

It's actually a lot easier than you might think. Metal "outerwear" zippers are the best for this.

Sew from the bottom of the garment up to the spot where the zipper will end with regular length stitches.

Finish sewing the rest of the seam using basting stitches.

Press the seam open.

Take out the basting stitches.

Position the zipper on the seam allowances, face up, so that the teeth show.  If you don't want to use pins, you can use basting tape or glue to hold the zipper in place.

Stitch the zipper in place about 1/4" or so away from the teeth. You may or may not need to use a zipper foot, depending on your machine.

A word of caution - you won't be able to machine sew across the bottom of the zipper because of the metal teeth. You will either need to have the correct length zipper so there is some zipper tape below the zipper stop, or hand stitch the bottom.
Hope this helps.
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