I posted this on my "blog": a few months ago, but thought it was high time to share with the BurdaStyle community, too :)

This is far from groundbreaking, world changing technique. But I thought I’d share anyway, simply because lapped zips always seemed fidgety to me when I first started sewing. The trouble always occurred in the left seam allowance. It just never permitted enough room for topstitching the lap, or not enough to my liking. This was especially problematic with heavier fabrics, where I like to use as much width of the zip tape as possible so that the lap will lay flat. When I would stitch my preferred distance to the left of the seam, I’d barely catch the underlying seam allowance. Here’s my simple fix:

Technique Materials

garment, zipper

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    Mar 14, 2012, 01.32 AMby Carla Jaramillo

    thank you for posting this! it’s just what I was looking for to finish a dress :)

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      Mar 22, 2012, 12.29 PMby threadsquare

      Fantastic! I hope this method works well for you :)

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    Mar 8, 2012, 11.53 PMby nessys

    This looks fab Darl! I HATE lapped zips and for years before I was too “chicken” to try out an invisible – that’s all I did (so much unpicking involved). This looks like it works a treat! x

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    • Cali_large

      Mar 22, 2012, 12.29 PMby threadsquare

      It’s saved me from sooo much unpicking! Not a groundbreaking technique at all, but works for me :)

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