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WendyGR
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Date: 1/31/11 8:59 AM

I'm just getting back into sewing and am looking through some old Burda Plus magazines. I find it interesting that they have you put invisible zippers in jersey dresses and pants. Is this really necessary? That's one of the nice things about sewing with knits, in my opinion :-D

Also any really good invisible zipper tutorials you'd recommend?

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Date: 1/31/11 9:40 AM

I know there are some good tutorials mentioned on here -- try doing a search of the boards for "invisible zipper" or "invisible zipper tutorial" (search messages as well as topic headings).

As for why they do this.... I suspect it's a higher-end touch. Not required, but I'm guessing (though not from personal experience, lol) that very expensive jersey garments often have zippers.

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Subject: Burda - whats up with the zippers? Date: 1/31/11 10:23 AM

If I can pull something over my head (or hips), I omit the zipper. Perhaps it is supposed to be a high end touch, as Joan suggests. I'd rather be low end than have a ripply zipper.

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Date: 1/31/11 10:43 AM

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I'd rather be low end than have a ripply zipper.

ditto

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Date: 1/31/11 10:59 AM

I've made several Burda Plus patterns for knits that called for a zipper and I've omitted it on every one without an issue. I find that if they have a center back seam to allow for the zipper I can usually eliminate that, too.

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Date: 1/31/11 4:31 PM

I personally think that Burda has invested in a zipper factory.

I would pin the seam closed and try the garment on and see if you really need the zipper...

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Date: 1/31/11 4:51 PM

Quote: MasoumaRose
I personally think that Burda has invested in a zipper factory.



I would pin the seam closed and try the garment on and see if you really need the zipper...




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Date: 1/31/11 7:19 PM

This is like deja'vu. I am working on Burda 8108, my first Burda pattern and the little short sleeve top, with all the ease and wide rounded neck calls for a zipper. Since I'm doing a test run before I cut into my good fabric I just cut the back on the fold like the front, same with the collar facings. See if it works without a zipper or not!
This is not a knit BTW, but looking at the pattern and some of my linen RTW no zipper needed tops, the sizing looks like it runs large.

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Subject: Burda - whats up with the zippers? Date: 1/31/11 8:14 PM

Thanks for writing about this! I'm doing my first Burda dress and it's got a zipper in the side but according to the picture it doesn't really look fitted enough to need it. I'll try doing a muslin without one.

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Date: 2/2/11 4:00 PM

Okay, update on the Burda 8108 SS top done without the zipper. I have plenty of room to pull it over my head and over my body. No zipper needed at least for me. The pattern itself is okay. I'm doing a test run in a terribly homely floral cotton calico as a muslin, so I certainly didn't waste fabric I loved and glad for it. For my short stature it needs to be shortened, needs the bust darts adjusted, I am not fond of the neckline, one of those that seems to ride up a bit when you sit.
A deeper U neck or a soft v neck would certainly be nicer. The fit is boxy, the cute dropped seam on the bottom, well, if it had been shortened would probably be okay, but I could see this attracting attention to an area that doesn't need it rather than looking good.
Sleeve fit , could be better too and adjustments would need to be made. Bottom line, I'll probably stop at the first run through muslin. I'm not in love with the pattern enough to bother with making multiples to adjust fit. There are a lot of nice SS tops out there and no point in agonizing with this one. I do like the little jacket and will take what I've learned about the body length and apply it to test run of that at some point.

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