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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Adding a zipper to a lined dress ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/16/13 4:53 PM

Ok, so I'm down to the zipper part, almost there!! But now I need to add the zipper to the lined dress. I saw a youtube video which said to insert the zipper as a regular dress, to the outside dress, but I'm a little lost on how to attach the lining to the zipper. Can someone give me some advice or is there a good video I can watch? thanks.

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Date: 2/16/13 5:24 PM

The instructions should say but generally you just insert the zip to the fabric and slip stitch the lining to the zipper tape. Once you attach the lining to the fabric itself, turn it so the lining is on the outside, press the seams, press the lining at the zip under 5/8" (or whichever seam allowance you used) and stitch it on by hand.
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Date: 2/17/13 1:19 PM

if however you are not a fan of hand stitching, you can attach by machine. I have done this a number of times by turning the dress inside out, the align the lining opening with the zip opening (along the V) and then stitching with a zipper foot as close as possible to the zip teeth.

Make sure you stitch on the right side so you can still do it up! leave the bottom of the zip free when attaching the lining on either side of the V, as you need to sew the bottom of lining together like you do when attaching the zip to the dress itself.

Its hard to explain by writing this. In short, imagine you are attaching the lining to the zip, but then inside out) the seams are going to be facing outwards instead of inwards so you dont see them when you open the zip.

I get the feeling this is as clear as mud.....hopefully it helps!

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Date: 2/17/13 7:19 PM

Marji's dress review from 2007 discusses how to make a clean finish lining application all by machine. Since Marji's review, the tutorials she referenced were archived.
Kathleen Fasanella's lapped zipper tutorial will get you started. You can find other zipper links from that page. How she shows attaching the facing is the same as for a full lining. Just envision it going all the way to the bottom of the zipper.

ETA: better tutorial link.
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Date: 2/17/13 8:42 PM

You all are so wonderful!! I'm sure I'll have another million questions by the end of the day. :))))

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