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Adding an invisible zipper anD side pockets to a dress with a circle skirt
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Date: 4/21/12 12:49 PM

So I found a dress form at a yard sale and it has really got my creative juices flowing. I also picked up 2 yards of some really amazing knit fabric that I am making a maxi dress for myself to wear to a concert. I had this stripped silky fabric that I am making a sort of mock up on. Well it is turning out to cute and now I am struggling with how to finish it properly. I won't have these issues on the " real" dress because of the stretch of the knit. Anyway.... I am going to add a short circle skirt to the bottom and would really like to add hidden pockets in the seams ( I just love dresses with pockets) the problem is the top of the dress is pretty fitted and I will need to add a zipper in the side. My thoughts were to add an invisible zipper. But I can't seem to figure out how to add both the zipper and the pockets. Take a look at the pics and let me know your thoughts and suggestions. Let me add that I am self taught and don't always do things the "right" or technical way. I usually just work it out as I go along.

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Date: 4/21/12 7:07 PM

I don't think I would choose to add in, a zipper on top of the bulk of a side seam kind of pocket, if I had choice. But you could always put the zipper up the back of the dress and not into the side of it at all. Or you could have only one side seam kind of pocket and not two of them, as they don't show, and put a side seam kind of zipper in a side with no pocket in it there, so whatever works for you is all that counts, and if one pocket is enough for you, then you would be good to go with that. You don't really need two of them for anything most times. Unless you really want to pose with both hands in a pocket for some reason.

But since your real fabric is going to be a knit anyways, I'm thinking that maybe you actually will need no zipper or buttons or any kind of opening or fastener, to even get it over your head and into it and be wearing it possibly, so in that case I think no zipper, looks better, feels more comfortable in wearing, and is a lot less work too. Depending on your knit fabric, maybe you could go in that direction even.
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Date: 4/22/12 5:14 AM

You can either:

  • Add back zipper. This is more difficult if you've already got it all cut out
  • Add side zipper and on that side make an inserted pocket like a welted pocket.
  • Add patch pockets
  • Skip the pockets all together on the 'muslin' dress.

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Date: 4/22/12 12:44 PM

If the skirt of your dress is full you won't need a very long zipper; all it takes is an opening that allows you to get the dress over your head. I don't see why you can't put a short zipper in that loosens the dress from a little below the waist up to about 2" from your underarm seam, and still put your pockets in the side seam. Good luck!
((Remember to insert an invisible zipper before you sew the seam, interface the seam allowances where the zipper is inserted, (and probably where your pockets will go if you don't want them to droop open)).
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