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Reset a Side Zipper in Pants for a Better Fit

How to mark and stabilize the fabric for better results
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Many people buy skirts or pants with curved side seams, but their bodies are not shaped the same way. Most folks just leave the garment as is; they decide that no one will notice if a top or jacket covers the area. Others want a more customized look, and this technique achieves that. Find out how to reshape side seams over the hips and reset a side zipper. It is not difficult, but there are some challenges.

Fit the garment

I did this alteration recently for a client on ankle-length, straight-legged pants with a contour waist and an invisible zip in the left side. The steps below show this process; it is the same for a skirt with a side invisible zipper.

I’ll walk through how I complete this type of alteration. First, I fit the garment on the client to determine the amount that needs to be taken in…

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