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how to handle the zipper
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Date: 4/21/13 1:20 PM

This will be a quick and dirty alteration, my boss wants me to alter older sister's prom dress for younger sister because it's too tight, by adding a lace up back to the dress. Dress will probably never be worn again.
I've figured out how to make the loops.
The dress has a 22" invisible zipper, I don't want to take it out, because it's so long and the lacing only needs to go to the waist.
The easiest way would be to leave the whole zipper in and figure out a way to have it zip half way up and stay there.
Will adding a hook and eye do the trick or can I put stops where I want the zipper to end?
I'm open to suggestions, remember this isn't a 'quality'
alteration.
Plan B is to take out the zipper in the laced area and shorten it by folding the tape into the SA.



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Date: 4/21/13 2:20 PM

I've done this type of quick n dirty alteration when working in theater. If I were doing it, I'd probably stop the zipper at the waist with whip stitches in matching thread, then sew a sturdy hook and eye to keep it closed (I'd make the hook and eye on the tight side by squeezing the hook closed a little more so than usual with pliers.) Then I'd run the loops up either side of the opening on top of the zipper line. Anything laced is going to take some strain, so make those stitches strong.

Another possibly simpler idea? Stop the zipper as described, make a "faux" lace up back (luse a base of felt that looks like a V, sew fabric onto it, sew your loops and lacing onto the fabric covered felt V, and stitch it in on one side of the opening. Put velcro on the other side to make it easy to put on OR just sew the person into it!!! I've done this with wedding gowns that were being used for modeling shots because white on white blends in easily, it might be slightly more tricky with colored fabric.

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Date: 4/21/13 9:57 PM

thanks, that's exactly what I needed to know!

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Date: 4/22/13 0:35 AM

How crazy is this? Friday I agreed to take a look at doing the same thing for a prom gown. Must be something in the air.

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Date: 4/22/13 7:33 AM

We charge 80.00 for this alteration at the bridal shop. And we are cheap, so keep price in mind.

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Date: 4/22/13 11:46 AM

I offered to do this alteration yesterday on one of my clients lol. Then she opted to go with dress No. 2 which I personally liked better.

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Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Coverstitch: Janome CP1000. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

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Date: 4/22/13 11:46 AM

Good to know!

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Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Coverstitch: Janome CP1000. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.

My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com

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