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Moving a zipper in pants

Elaray | Posted in General Discussion on

I want to change the zipper placement in a pair of flat front pants/shorts from the side to the front. Is it as easy as adding extensions to the center front seam to accommodate a mock-fly treatment? Should I also add a little more ease in the front — maybe a pleat? I am very happy with the fit in the front when the zipper is on the side. Will moving the zipper affect the fit?


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  1. Alexandra | | #1

    As long as you keep the finished front, with the new zipper placement, the same measurement as when the zip was in the side seam, the pants will fit exactly the same.  I would redraft the new placement as a new pattern so you don't get confused or ruin the original pattern.  Use another pattern with a front zip to draft your extensions lining up the CF lines.

    Lucky you having a pants pattern that fits, I'm still struggling with that.

    1. Elaray | | #3

      Alexandra,You said:
      "Lucky you having a pants pattern that fits, I'm still struggling with that."Note that I said I liked the way the pants fit in the front! I didn't mention the back or the thighs. Fitting pants is really a bear of a job, isn't it! But, I'll keep trying! : )

      1. DONNAKAYE | | #4

        I have a fabulous pants pattern that my mother, Audrey Childress, marketed and sold (see thread discussion on "Audrey Childress").  I have used the basic pattern to make pants for virtually everyone practically my entire adult life. It has some greatfeatures that will give you a good start. I really do believe it will make your pants fitting job a whole lot easier. Would you like me to copy the basic pattern for you and send it along with the instruction booklet?  I would be happy to do this for the price of postage, if you like.  I am offering this because I really want to know if other people have as much success with her pants and would like some feedback. I realize I may get inundated with requests, but I'd be happy to send it to you first and let you be my "guinea pig"!

        Donna Childress Brandt


        1. bss7 | | #5

          I would like to receive one, do you want to mail you the postage charges?

  2. mem1 | | #2

    Dont do a thing just move the zip and put in the necessary extensions etc.Make the underlapping waist band a little longer to accomadate a hookclosure and a button closure . I have found that the front opening can suffer a bit more stress when bending etc and that having the two closures , one a t center front and the other further along gives greater strength .

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