How to Hide the Zipper in a DartTwo couture solutions offer closure without a seam
Much of the time, a garment’s zipper opening is straightforward: The zipper is inserted into the center-back seam, or possibly along the side seam, or maybe at a center-front seam. It is a simple, predictable process.
Every now and then, however, it is a good idea, for reasons of design or engineering, to do something different. If a seam is unnecessary or unwanted, install a zipper in a dart instead.
Couture, at its best, combines form and function. My students have heard me say that a million times. The concept is at the heart of fine sewing. The two techniques I’m going to show you do just that. They do what they have to do from a technical standpoint—offer a place to install a zipper when there isn’t a seam handy— and alongside that are two lovely design solutions. The results from these methods are sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, too. One is a faced dart opening that provides shape and a closure for a fitted skirt. The other is a slashed dart opening that doesn’t disrupt the sweep of a full skirt.
Faced dart opening
What’s so clever about this technique is that there’s no danger of anything fraying or not lying flat; the opening is faced and it curves gently to the contour of the wearer’s hip. In fact, it incorporates the shape of the dart. Other than that, there’s barely any interruption of the side panel. There’s an opening in that short, shallow dart, but the area below it continues without interruption.