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Can't find a fly-front skirt pattern
Is it because it's a bad idea?
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Date: 9/17/13 1:00 PM

I was planning to make several twill & suedecloth skirts for winter, in the same style as a gored denim skirt I have. But I can't find a pattern! All the skirt patterns seem to use back or side zippers... is there something I should know? Is there some good reason not to make these skirts with a fly-front?

I have made lighter-weight skirts with invisible zippers, but I thought I'd need a nice, heavy metal zipper for these heavier fabrics.

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Date: 9/17/13 1:16 PM

I've seen loads of fly front skirts! They pop up pretty regularly in Burda, there's the Grainline Moss e-pattern, HotPatterns have one. Not to mention I own 2 different RTW fly front skirts, so it's evidently not a nutty idea!

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Subject: Cant find a fly-front skirt pattern Date: 9/17/13 1:38 PM

It's easy to make your own, just borrow the fly extensions and instructions from a pair of pants.

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Date: 9/17/13 1:39 PM

If you have a skirt pattern with the zipper in a different location, you can change it to the front fly style.

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Subject: Cant find a fly-front skirt pattern Date: 9/17/13 1:40 PM

For some of is, it puts extra bulk on the tummy area - right where we don't need it!

So I prefer elastic or side/back zips. But I do have a RTW fly front zip skirt. It's from the 80s and still in good shape - that's how often I wear it, lol.

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Date: 9/17/13 1:46 PM

Along the lines of what Donna H says fly fronts in skirts, more so than in pants tend to bubble up when you sit making an unsightly bump in your lap. This will be more pronounced in heaver fabric.

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Date: 9/17/13 1:50 PM



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Date: 9/18/13 7:00 AM

How about:

Simplicity 1783

Butterick 5649

McCalls 6361

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Subject: Cant find a fly-front skirt pattern Date: 9/18/13 10:30 AM

Are you determined to have the fly/heavier zipper for style reasons with the twill and suede cloth?
The twill and suede cloth I've had are no heavier than the denim I made a gored skirt from this summer. The YKK invisible zipper works just fine with it.

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Date: 9/18/13 1:39 PM

I'm not avoiding the invisible zipper for style reasons - I've had them fail on me when I've used them on thick fabrics before. I assumed that I would need to use a heavy-duty (metal) zipper based on that and the fact that all the denim/twill RTW skirts I own are made with a metal zipper.

I tend to wear my clothes pretty hard - we're talking heavy outdoor gardening, wood splitting, digging, etc. Not office wear! My husband calls this project "if Carhartt made skirts."

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