Added May 8, 2011
Open the zip and push the coil back with your thumb nail to reveal the marked seam line between the zip tape and the coil. Place the open zip face down on the right fabric side of back opening edge so that teeth of zip begin at marked top slit mark. In ¬order to stitch the zip in place ¬exactly along the marked seam line, the edge of the zip tape must lie 5 mm
(3/16 in) from the fabric edge (1.5 cm/ 5/8 in wide seam allowances minus 1 cm (3/8 in) wide zip tape width). Pin top end of zip tape in place the calculated distance from the edge of the fabric. The bottom end of the zip will extend past the marked end of the opening. Place the presser foot on the zip so that the coil is in the notch to the right of the needle. Stitch the zip in place between the slit marks (8). Close zip. Place the other zip tape face down on the front opening edge (right fabric side) and pin in place at the top (9). Open zip. Place the presser foot on the top end of the zip so that the coil is in the notch to the left of the needle. Sew the zip in place between the slit marks (10). Close zip. Lay dress front right sides together with dress back. Pin left side seam edges together, from upper edge to slit mark and from lower edge to slit mark. Stitch, stitching as close to last stitches of zip seams as possible, laying loose end of zip over seam allowance (11). Press seam allowances open and neaten edges.
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