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Special Zippers for Sheer Garments | Web Extra

Threads, Issue #209 June/July
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An exposed zipper with crystals embedded in each zipper tooth sets off the garment's sheer inset. Photo by Jack Deutsch.

If you’re making a special-occasion garment and wondering how to handle the closure, consider two options: Hide the zipper or show it off. In Threads #209 (June/July 2020), author Andrea Schewe offers both methods for installing zippers in sheer garments or sheer panels.

Hide the zipper

One technique uses a standard invisible zipper, which is camouflaged by strips of skin-tone silk along the seam allowances and zipper tape. This option works well in fabric such as patterned lace. You can carefully match the lace’s decorative motifs across the zipper seam, for a nearly continuous look. There’s no need to disrupt a lovely lace design.

Another way to keep a zipper unobtrusive in a garment with skin-toned sheer fabric is to select an invisible zipper with skin-toned sheer tape. Available from BiasBespoke.com, these lightweight zippers come in a range of tones, from off-white to deep brown, and different lengths.

Lightweight zippers lined up in a range of skin tones that can be used in sheer garments
Photo by Mike Yamin.

Show off the zipper

The second approach is to use an exposed zipper—but not just any exposed zipper. Andrea chose a stunning version with crystals embedded in each zipper tooth, as shown in a garment above. The zipper becomes an embellishment, setting off the garment’s sheer panel beautifully.

You’ll find other types of fun, decorative zippers, including those with colorful, laser- or die-cut tapes that give a pretty, lacy effect (search for them at Amazon.com). These look just as nice on opaque fabrics.

Line-up of zippers with die-cut tapes that give them a lacy look
Photo by Mike Yamin.

Insider members can learn more about zipper techniques in “Installing an Exposed Zipper.”

Find out more about creating garments from gossamer fabrics, in “Sheer Seams and Edges.”

Discover a short-cut method for adding a perfect binding to finish the edges of sheer textiles, in the video “Bind a Sheer Fabric Edge.”

Finally, if you need inspiration for a truly spectacular embellished sheer garment, check out the video “Sheer Trims — Suspended Feathers.”

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