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Message Board > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > Back zipper on child's dress changed to button closure?

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Back zipper on child's dress changed to button closure?
I have tons of buttons to use up...
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Date: 9/18/10 4:19 PM

I'm sure people do this, but I haven't been successful finding info in my internet searches. I am making a dress for my daughter that has a center back zipper closure. I would rather use buttons. I can't figure out if I should add the same amount to both back pieces, to allow for the buttons and buttonholes, and how much to add. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Date: 9/18/10 4:34 PM

I have done this with my daughter, I just make the dress and not add any closures, Fit it on her, and see how much wiggle room you have to play with. Does the pattern call for ironing 5/8th seams on each side of the zipper? if so you may have enough room for a buttonhole, but not sure what kind of fabric your using, but you may need to stabilize that button hole. Is there a lining?

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Date: 9/18/10 5:30 PM

You can do this, and yes you would add the same to both back pieces. Where the button is sewn on will be the center back, so you need enough room between the center back and the finished edge, plus the facing. The piece already has a seam allowance added, so take that into consideration when making your calculations. If you have a RTW dress or blouse with a button size similar to what you want to use, you can use it to gauge how much you need to add.

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Date: 9/18/10 5:38 PM

not sure how big your daughter it or the specific style dress you are trying to convert? I prefer lining bodices, especially for little girls and find it easiest to just add a placket that is a little wider than the buttons I am using.

Here are pics of one dress I did that to:



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Subject: Back zipper on childs dress changed to button closure? Date: 9/19/10 10:33 PM

I often change to a buttoned back. Zippers just don't look right to me on small children's clothing. If you know you are going to do this before cutting out simply cut the seam allowances wider. I would make it so they are at least 2 1/2 inches wide. This will give you enough to fold under and overlap. Cut a 1 1/4 inch strip of interfacing and fuse to the seam allowances. Fold the seam allowances under 1 1/4 inches and press. Now overlap and you should be good to go. Cute dress!
-- Edited on 9/19/10 10:33 PM --

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Date: 9/20/10 3:02 PM

I do the same thing!

I'm a chicken, though ... so I make a point of modifying the pattern first *before* I cut out my fabric.

(Some people are braver ~ AKA, more talented ~ than I am, and just widen the seam allowances *as they cut the fabric*.
Not me. Bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk!)

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Date: 9/20/10 9:23 PM

You could also do it by leaving enough of the CB seam open to get the dress over her head and sewing one button and loop at the neck. That eliminates the need to allow for an overlap, but will only use one button at a time!

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Date: 9/20/10 10:09 PM

i just found this technique on burda and i remembered this post.


NO ZIPPERS NO BUTTONS!

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Date: 9/21/10 11:44 AM

I don't get it. Aren't you just left with an open back?!

I'm honestly asking ~ no snark at all here. My eyes are too damned old to see what's going on, and the instructions seem to be a bit sparse.

Anyone?

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Date: 9/21/10 1:17 PM

I would probably just found a pattern that had a back button closure and use the back pattern piece to cut out the placket area only. The I would make the dress as per the instructions changing only what needed to be changed to add the buttons instead of the zipper.
Hope this makes sense ...

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