Zip it up
Added Oct 13, 2011
New York, New Yo...
THE PROJECT: ZIPPER-FRONT DRESS
What you’ll need:
-1.35 m (1½ yd) of a printed knit
-45 cm (18″) separating zipper
Make the dress:
STEP 1: To make the straps and bodice, cut two long rectangles—one for the bodice, one for the facing. They should fit around the fullest part of your bust, and from the top to the bottom of your bust area.
STEP 2: Place the two rectangles of fabric right sides together. Separate your zipper and pin each half between the two layers, with the teeth facing up. These will become the straps for the back of the dress.
STEP 3: Sew the fabric together, making sure to catch the two zipper straps, then flip the rectangles so the wrong sides are together. Press your seam. Next, edge-stitch the seam (be sure to catch all layers of the fabric) and the zipper tape.
STEP 4: Press under 1.5 cm (⅝”) on the short ends of the bodice. Pin each side of the zipper to your fabric, and using your zipper foot, topstitch the zipper in place.
STEP 5: Cut fabric for the skirt of the dress. You’ll need a rectangle that measures twice the width of your ribs (just below your bust). It should be as long as you’d like your final hemline to be.
STEP 6: Fold the fabric in half with right sides together, sew the side seam, and finish raw edges. Pin the dress to the bodice with right sides together, pleating as you pin. Sew all the way around, finish raw edges, and hem if necessary.
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