SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Beginner's Forum > Side invisible zipper puckering :( ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Side invisible zipper puckering :(
ysadora
ysadora
Member since 1/11/13
Posts: 16
Send Message

      



Date: 1/25/13 5:57 PM

I have put an invisible zipper in the side seam of an evening gown and it kept puckering when I put it on the girl (it didn't pucker when on the hanger, it would just rumple when I put it on her). Does anyone have any insight into what causes this and how to prevent it? Obviously I want a very snug fit in an evening gown, is it possible to do this with a hidden side zipper? Thanks!

Ps, in case you can't envision what I'm talking about -imagine the zipper is like a snake, and when I put it on her it waves in and out down her body (primarily cutting in to her waist instead of laying smooth).

Changma
star
Changma  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
New York USA
Member since 2/20/12
Posts: 770
Send Message

      



In reply to ysadora <<


Date: 1/25/13 6:26 PM

I was just watching the Craftsy Couture Dress section about zippers. One thing Susan Khaljie said, besides hand sew it, was that one should sew down one side of the zipper and up the other so the zipper sides would be evenly matched and lie flat. Perhaps that would help.

Scheri
star
Scheri  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
Alberta CANADA
Member since 7/13/10
Posts: 356
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 1/26/13 1:02 AM

You need to stablize the fabric with interfacing then apply the zipper.

------
Scheri Manson
Edmonton, AB CANADA

Judy Kski
star
Judy Kski  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Florida USA
Member since 10/26/08
Posts: 1509
Send Message

      



In reply to Scheri <<


Date: 1/26/13 1:34 AM

I just watched an ASG webinar on Zippers last night and that was one of the tips discussed. Remember that you are sewing on the bias when sewing a zipper into the side seam. Ironing a 1 1/2" to 2" x Length of the zipper (plus 1") strip of fusible interfacing to the wrong side on both front and back zipper area should do the trick.

------
Judy

petro
starstarstar
petro  Friend of PR
Advanced
France
Member since 6/24/07
Posts: 2556
Send Message

      



Date: 1/26/13 4:09 AM

A couple of other things may help. Keeping the zip 'stretched' and the fabric 'eased' as it goes in (easier if hand sewing!), and clipping the seam allowances to compensate for the fact that the edge of the fabric is shorter than the fitting line.

SheBear0320
starstar
SheBear0320  Friend of PR
Advanced
Manitoba Canada
Member since 4/8/08
Posts: 3938
Send Message

      



Date: 1/26/13 11:14 AM

Definitely add interfacing to the zipper opening.

------
Sheila
"sewing very slowly to fill an empty closet"

2014 Stash Busting Sew-Along:
56.0 yards sewn (as of 08/13/14)
113.125 yards purchased (as of 08/13/14)

ysadora
ysadora
Member since 1/11/13
Posts: 16
Send Message

      



Date: 1/26/13 3:55 PM

Thank you all! Ps, its probably more accurate to describe the problem as "buckling" instead of puckering. Does that change any of your advice? Also, in the seam was a layer of eight cotton twill (underlining), 30 mm silk crepe, and then some knife pleated chiffon...so, a lot of fabric in there. Do you still think that interfacing would help the buckling in at the waist?

Pamela R
star
Pamela R  Friend of PR
Expert/Couture
Ontario CANADA
Member since 6/22/07
Posts: 630
Send Message

      



Date: 1/26/13 5:19 PM

Consider a petersham inside belt to take the strain off of the zipper.
Pam

landstromd
landstromd  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
Illinois USA
Member since 2/18/12
Posts: 83
Send Message

      



In reply to Changma <<


Date: 1/29/13 12:10 PM

That is curious, I was taught to sew zippers in the same direction to help eliminate shifting of the sides/seams. When I sew a zipper down and then up the side, it always shifts and I end up redoing. Curious!

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> Side invisible zipper puckering :(

Merchants on PR

Budo Bear Designs


Asian Designs
Web site

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Reconstructing History
Web site

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Gwyn Hug


Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts

Register

Create a Jacket Muslin
Create a Jacket Muslin

Register

Self Drafted Pattern 41509-1002

photo
by: Trinity.

Review
Sewing Workshop Origami Skirt Pattern

Sewing Workshop Origami Skirt Pattern

Buy Now
You Sew Girl Best Dress Pattern

You Sew Girl Best Dress Pattern

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.