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Topic: My daughters feel better after having the chicken pox dress  (Read 2598 times)
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« on: January 12, 2006 09:50:09 AM »

My daughter had the chicken pox lately and I stayed home with her a lot so I decided to make this dress that had been hanging around on my "to do" pile for awhile.  She had picked the fabric.

It is sleeveless, and winter here so she is wearing a black turtle neck under

This is McCall's 4442.  It says that it is a 2 hour dress.  Well not for me.  More like two weeks.  It had the stranges way to put in a zipper that I have ever done, but maybe it is more common than I know. 

So here is the problem 

The material puckered while putting in the zipper.  I took it out and redid it three times, then decided that she would live with my mistake.  This material is a kind of rubbery, plasticy, fake patton leather I guess.  If anyone can give me some tips on how I could have done the zipper with this kind of fabric I will be forever grateful. 

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2006 10:01:34 AM »

its very cute- i like the shape of it a lot!

although i do have to admit that when i first saw the title i was expecting a dress with big dots all over it : )

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2006 10:03:30 AM »

Zippers -- baste the seam closed, tape the zipper on, sew it down, then rip out the baste stiches.  Easiest way I know to put in a zipper.

Of course, I don't know if this will work with this particular fabric -- it seems stretchy.  Are you using a teflon foot?  That may help you immensely.


« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2006 01:36:37 PM »

Have you ever tried an invisible zipper?  You put it in a little differently than a regular one, but it might work better with this fabric as you have no topstitching to do.  The instructions are usually in the package. 

BTW - You're such a cool Mom making that dress for your daughter.  All I have to remember from my chickenpox is an aversion to Calamine Lotion and Aveeno!

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2006 03:29:59 PM »

taping the zipper in place can help a lot when working with leathers and vinyls. Another way to avoid puckers it to baste teh seams closed, then baste the zipper to the seam allowance only. After that, you can turn the garment over and sex from the outside so that you can keep an eye on how the fabric is behaving. Lap zippers are also great, but a little more complicated and I'm not exactly sure how to explain how to do it withouth busting out ms paint.
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