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kelly98058 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone, I’m new here and am working on a costume for dd.  I’m starting with McCall’s 4527, and I’m changing center front to put in a zipper extending through the mandarin collar.  Any ideas or tips?  TIA!

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    Becky-book | | #1

    I wouldn't advise putting the zipper all the way into the collar.  Having the zipper tape inside the collar could ruin the shape of it.  You said "costume" , is there more to this project that would help us help you?

    Becky

    1. kelly98058 | | #2

      Thank you so much for even asking for more info.  Here goes:  The costume is for a Japanese anime convention, and here are two links to this "character" (the one in all white)  http://pdk.broken-sunshine.net/images/character/characterart03.jpg, http://pdk.broken-sunshine.net/images/calendar/calendar2006_03v2.jpg.

      I'm working on the tunic (haven't even started the cape), and Mccall's 4527 seemed to be the place to start.  Hope this helps.   

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        Becky-book | | #3

        could you just use hook and eye on the inside of the collar and stop the zipper at the neck seam?

        Becky

      2. Teaf5 | | #4

        You can easily use a black nylon zipper for this pattern; I have a rtw fleece jacket in the exact style, and I love the zipped standup collar.  Nylon or polyester zippers are flexible and comfortable enough to wear up to your chin.

        It looks as if this white jacket has black binding along the top of the collar and down the front.  Apply the binding first (around the collar and along both sides of the front edge opening and then follow the zipper instructions to insert the zipper in a centered application. 

        You might want to hand baste the bound front edges together before stitching the zipper so that the top and bottom edges are even and the binding meets neatly in the center of the stitched.  You can pin the zipper and use 1/2" cello tape to get really straight stitching on either side.  Have fun and let us see your results!

        1. kelly98058 | | #5

          Thank you so much for you suggestions Teaf and Becky.  I feel more confident about doing this.

           

          Kelly

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