I’ve been working on my costume for a Halloween party on Saturday. I’m being River Song from Doctor Who, and I’m making a version of her khaki dress from “Day of the Moon.” (Here’s a picture: http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z82/ryottelora/RiverSong-DayOfTheMoon.jpg?t=1345221892 ) The skirt looked a bit too complicated and too full for my time and fabric allowances, so I decided to do an a-line skirt. The issue with this is that my zipper isn’t long enough to go all the way from my chest to my hips, and I already sewed it to the top, and now I’m stuck with a skirt that doesn’t fit over my hips! Given time, I could go out and buy a new zipper or some stretchy fabric to sneak a panel in the side, but there’s just no way. All I have is scraps of the (decidedly NOT stretchy) dress fabric. Anyone have any solutions?

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    Oct 25, 2012, 08.24 AMby sewingfan1

    Could you sew some of the scraps together to make a kind of patchwork panel to sneak in the sides or for down the front of the dress?

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    Oct 25, 2012, 10.58 AMby katexxxxxx

    Take the zip out. Sew the zip back in further down, allowing for hip opening. Close the top end with hooks and eyes. If you sew them an inch apart and alternate the hook and eye, they won’t pull apart.

    This is the way historic dress openings were done, and the way we do things like opera costumes today, as zips are useless for anything under strain.

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      Oct 26, 2012, 12.16 AMby Ruya Telhami

      I did this, and it worked perfectly! Thank you!

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