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Date: 10/13/11 4:06 PM

Vogue 1247

I made this skirt in a cotton sateen and I love it! I am thinking about making it in leather. It calls for an invisible zipper....can I still do one in leather? My leather isn't too thick but I'm worried it will be too much for it. The waistband is not part of the zipper so that's a good thing.

I was looking online at images of leather skirts and a lot of them do have invisible zippers.

Yes, no...any suggestions?

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Date: 10/13/11 4:21 PM

I love invisible zippers but find they don't work very well on back zipper skirts that I wear a lot because an invisible is just not as strong as a lapped zipper. Side seam invisible zipeprs are not as stressed. But it might be fine on this sytle if it's not worn too much. Even with leather I'd reinforce the zipper seam with fusible interfacing.

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Date: 10/13/11 8:30 PM

Thank you...I think the zipper could easily be moved to the side on this skirt. I thought about doing that with the first one I made. I am worried about the bulk with the leahter and invisible zipper though.

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Date: 10/13/11 8:54 PM

You can put in a lapped zipper instead of an invisible one. The biggest issue I see with the invisible zipper in leather is that the sas won't press flat and you can't hammer a zipper. I don't think that even glue will hold it down. You can also change it to an exposed zipper.

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Date: 10/14/11 9:00 AM

Thanks! I thought about a lapped zipper but I've never done one. Looks like I get to practice a new technique.

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