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Date: 4/24/12 8:59 AM

So I have a pattern with a side zip...I hate side zips..they are just too awkward to get in and out of.
How do I go about moving the zipper from size to back?
I'm scared not sure what to alter to make it work...help!

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Date: 4/24/12 9:02 AM

If your pattern has a back seam, you're golden. Depending on whether the original pattern is a skirt or a dress, the operation will be different. For a skirt or pants, just move it to the other seam. If it's a dress, your new zipper will have to be long enough that it extends all the way down the back to below where the zipper would have been. A 7" neck zipper will not allow the garment to open at the waist area where you need contouring.

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Date: 4/24/12 9:05 AM

Its a bodice and it doesn't have a back seam?
Its this pattern
http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/4319

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Date: 4/24/12 3:25 PM

Hi LDT2011,

That bodice has princess seams, and to move the zipper to the back would mean adding a center seam. That would not look right, IMHO. I'd keep the zip on the side. Cute pattern!

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Date: 4/24/12 3:46 PM

Quote: marec
Hi LDT2011,



That bodice has princess seams, and to move the zipper to the back would mean adding a center seam. That would not look right, IMHO. I'd keep the zip on the side. Cute pattern!

its my next learning curve. Princess seams and 'lining' a bodice.
Its all working towards skills needed for making a regency dress.

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Date: 4/24/12 5:55 PM

I guess I don't understand your reluctance about the side zip in this top.

In my opinion it would make the top much easier to get in and out of than a back zipper.

And if you are just trying to get good at applying a zipper, either one will work. Or just do it on a sample and skip making a garment.

Just thought of something...is this side zipper just a slot in the middle of the side seam with both the top and bottom closed up permanently? Or does it extend to either the top of the bottom? If the top, then I'd suggest a lap insertion. If the bottom, you'll need a separating zipper.

Edited to add:
On the other hand, you can certainly add a center back seam for a zipper. I would add wider than usual seam allowances to make insertion easier.
-- Edited on 4/24/12 5:59 PM --

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Date: 4/24/12 11:04 PM

IMO there is no particular reason not to add a back seam to a princess style dress and place the zipper in the new seam. As said above you will need a longer zipper and it might be easier if the seam is a bit wider. If your fabric is soft you also might use a narrow strip of iron on interfacing to give it some body to support the zipper where ever you put it.

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Date: 4/25/12 4:22 AM

Well I've made a 'mock up' of the top in some left over material (that I can use as lining if all goes to plan.) to try out the modifications on.

I'm not keen on side zip because
a) I find it hard to cover up zips, so I've rather have it at the back than obvious at the side
b) I find side zips never help with getting into top for me, it has to be back or front.

I did wonder if I could replace the zip altogether with lacing or buttons. I know I'm getting a little adventurous.

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Date: 4/30/12 5:39 AM

I kept the zip where it was (this time - next time I'm moving it and replacing with buttons) and decided to make it into a dress. Now I have the bodice all ready. I made the bodice up in pink gingham with plain pink lining in the end. I just can't decide on what skirt to attach to it.
Do I use the skirt pattern that came with the bodice or go for a circle skirt or use an A line shape or gather a strip of fabric or knife pleat a skirt?
So many choices...I can't decide.

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Date: 5/1/12 4:09 PM

I personally would not add a skirt to the bottom of this top.

It would be quite heavy and would require a waist stay and probably extra boning in the bodice. Why not make a separate skirt?

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