Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mock Fly-Front Zipper

The Book says, “The Mock Fly-Front Zipper Application is most often used as a front closing for pants. Some skirt designs also require this application. this is the less complicated method of inserting a fly-front zipper.”

Disclaimer: I didn’t use a pattern piece. I should have. One day I’ll learn that things turn out wonky when I just quickly eyeball it and cut what I think it kinda sorta pretty much looks like. Yeah. One day.
Sew the crotch seam to the zipper opening (marked here in blue tailor’s chalk)
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Clip at the zipper opening (bottom of fly extension)
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Press the fly extension along the center front line to the wrong side of the fabric
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On the left fly extension, slide out and pin 1/8 inch from the pressed line. Do this to 1 inch beyond the stitched seam.
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Pin the closed zipper to the left fly extension, with the correct sides up (my awesome “wrong side” markings bled through to the correct side. awesome indeed.)
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Sew from the bottom of the zipper to the top, close to the folded edge
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With correct sides up (again with the bleeding of the markings. so sorry) pin the other folded fly extension over the closed zipper and the stitching
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Pin
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Wrong sides up now. Make sure you fold the rest of the garment out of the way. You are only going to stitch on the fly extension and zipper tape
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Stitch the other side of the zipper tape to the other fly extension, the entire length.
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Turn the project over, stitch 3/4 inch parallel to the fly fold through all layers: fabric and zipper tape. Curve it at the bottom to meet the bottom of the zipper
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That’s it. Not too bad.
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