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Invisible zippers
For children's clothes?

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Date: 4/2/12 10:59 AM

I am about to insert an invisible zipper (my first) into a dress I am making for my granddaughter's 5th birthday. I am using this tutorial:

I read somewhere, I think, that invisible zippers fail often and so they should not be used for children's clothes. I think I only saw this once and am not sure where I saw it so I don't really know whether this is common (or good) advice.

What do you think about putting an invisible zipper into children's clothes. I will say that I put in regular zippers kind of poorly and it doesn't matter how well everything else is sewn, the garment then looks amateurish. This is a special request dress and I really want it to look good.

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Date: 4/2/12 11:05 AM

I would think it's probably fine, if the dress isn't particularly fitted, and I can't imagine a really closely fitted dress for a child. If it's not in a location where it would be stressed, go for it....

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Date: 4/2/12 11:14 AM

My first (and only come to think of it) invisible zipper was for a dress for my 1 year old daughter. It looks like a "special occasion" dress, but she actually wore it quite a bit & I never had any problems at all with the zipper. She does have a couple RTW dresses with invisible zips & they are a nightmare. I say go ahead & give it a go!
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Date: 4/2/12 12:04 PM

It depends on the child. My girls are 17 and 20. Whenever they ask me to make clothes for them (and they've just started inundating me with requests as of late), I NEVER consider invisible zips. Especially my oldest. She's impatient, will pull at her clothes, and already broke 2 RTW skirt zippers that had invisible zips.

I just made my younger daughter a customized dress and did a handpicked center zip.

Invisible zips do not work for my girls lol. Mileage may vary with other kids though.

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