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How to Conceal a Zipper Pull | Sewing Saves

A clever band keeps the tab undercover

Threads #204, Aug./Sep. 2019
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One of the best developments in garment-making has been the invisible zipper. I was making a 1960s-inspired special-occasion dress in a wonderful raw silk and my client wanted a back zipper, along with a row of tiny buttons. I experimented with bridal button loops and discovered the zipper pull shows—which distracted from the decorative buttons and loops—and got in the way of the button loops. After testing, I found a way to keep the center-back zipper hidden, all the way to the top. I adjusted the pattern to add a neckband, then I extended the neckline seam allowances to set the zipper higher. The band hides the zipper pull. This technique worked perfectly for the dress neckline I was sewing, but you can easily adapt it for a skirt or pants waistband. Buttons and loops are optional.

Di Kendall, a long-time teacher of sewing and tailoring, can be…

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