A Look at Exposed Zippers
In the August/September 2012 issue of Threads, Jacque Goldsmith demonstrates a method for installing exposed zippers, showing that zippers are so much more than mundane closures. When installed on a garment's exterior, instead of hidden behind a fold of fabric, a zipper becomes a functional embellishment. Exposing a zipper to display its tape and teeth instantly adds a modern designer detail to any garment.
Here are some great detail photos of the dress featured in this article that we couldn't fit in the magazine. The pattern is Retro Butterick 5032 in pebble-textured wool, with a YKK zipper, size no. 3.
A closeup of the back neckline and front neckline interior. Note the rayon seam binding, which matches the lining, finishing the facing edges.
A grosgrain waist stay snugs the dress to the wearer. It is stitched all along its bottom edge to the dress's turned-up waistline seam allowance; this also serves to conceal the serged seam allowance.
Instead of a separate lining, the dress is underlined. The outer fabric and lining fabric were sewn as one layer during the dress's construction. This helps ensure a perfectly clean, sharp finish at the zipper opening, which is a bit more difficult to achieve with a separate lining.
A detail of the front neckline facing and its bound edge.
A detail of the back neckline facing. A hook and eye secure the top of the zipper opening. Note the clean finish around the zipper opening. The article's author, Jacque Goldsmith, always adds her own labels to the garments she sews.
The skirts back walking vent and its perfectly mitered corners. The hem allowance edge, finished with seam binding, is catch-stitched in place.
This dress's interior details are as artful as its exterior. Incorporating hot fashion trends into your garments doesn't have to compromise quality.