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Date: 8/12/10 7:45 PM

Hi friends! I want to make this dress using Simplicity 2892 for the top and probably S2724 for the skirt:


So.... I want the top to be a little blousey (poofing up over the skirt, not fitted like the top in 2724) and I can't add a back zipper because 2892 doesn't have one. I'm scared of adding one and messing up the cute yoke. I need to add a zipper to the side, but will that affect the blousey-ness of the top? Do you think an invisible zipper will move better with the top? I'm going to use a silk charmeuse.

Thanks!!

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Date: 8/12/10 8:02 PM

The reason for the zipper would be to make room for the close-fitting waist of a garment to go over your head and shoulders or when the neckline is too small to get over your head. If you want a poofy blouse, you probably don't need a zipper at all unless the neckline is too tight, which would mean having a zipper at the neckline, not the side seam. Just my thoughts. I am not familiar with the patterns you cited.

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Date: 8/13/10 10:42 AM

In my experience, the side zipper is for enabling you to get the garment over the widest part of the chest and ribcage when the bodice of the garment is fitted through the whole trunk. So if the neckline is big enough to go over your head, and the bodice has enough ease for the waistline to go over the chest, then you should be able to go without. I could be wrong, though

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Date: 8/13/10 11:03 AM

Your waist is generally smaller than your shoulders or your hips, so you probably need a zipper to be able to put it on. I put a side zip in similar pattern Simplicity 2497 and didn't like how it changed the blousiness from one side to the other, so I think your instincts are correct.

If the neckline is large enough to pull over your head, you do not have to put a zip all the way up the back, just a few inches above to a few inches below the waistband, as both the blouse and skirt are wide enough to go over the shoulders/hips, whichever is your preferred way of getting dressed. I used a 9 inch zip to that effect on this project, though I installed it in the side seam. I'd still put it in the back for your project (which will require CB seams in the bodice, waistband, and skirts, though the collar won't need one), and you'll probably need a longer zip because of the width of the waistband.

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Date: 8/13/10 1:42 PM

Thank you all so much!! I knew I could turn to PR for some great advice!

As you all noted, the neckline is large enough to go over my head without needing any additional closures --- it's simply the waistline that I'll need to be able to fit over my shoulders and bust (I like to pull on dresses vs. step into them).

I want to skirt to hug me more like a pencil skirt vs. the a line of the skirt above, so there would not be enough ease at the waistline to go over my shoulders and bust. I do not know that there is a place to put this zipper where it will actually *work* and not wonk-ify the line of the garment. I'll probably make two pieces instead of just one, but now that I've started thinking about this I simply must know the answer. If indeed there is one.

Is the dress in my mind even possible?

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Date: 8/18/10 4:02 PM

Something just occured to me today: what if you put buttons and loops at the side instead of a zipper. You would have to add a guard (?) so your skin doesnt show, though. Like in the old days?

Or hook and eye on tape?

Or one of those mesh tap zipper (Beulon?) I had a dress make out of lightweight satin and the zipper didn't drag down CB at all.
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