Nancy Estep created this clever dress with two zip-on skirts using our Coats Fashion Zipper in Pink Camouflage. The zipper tape is printed with the “girly” camouflage so it becomes a trim as well as a functioning zipper.
Nancy adapted Butterick pattern #5520 view A. Any pattern with a waistline seam could be used.
Below Nancy tells us how she changed the basic pattern and designed the two skirts:
Construct per the pattern instructions making this change:
Insert a 9” invisible zipper in the center back seam from the neck and a 14” invisible zipper in the right underarm seam allowance. This is necessary because a 22″ center back zipper would go thorough the zipper trim at the waist.
- Starting at the right side attach the decorative separating zipper (I used 2 zippers) to the top of the dress. Stitch to the left side seam. Starting at the back right side seam stitch the decorative separating zipper to the waist of the back of the dress.
- Leave an opening in the left side seam and insert the zipper ends. Tip: the metal teeth of the zipper make it difficult to sew the zipper and get a smooth finish. After making sure the waist is the correct size, I used pliers and pulled a few of the teeth off. Now you can sew the side seam closed with no problem.
- Make the skirt about 1” longer than the dress skirt. You can make the skirt as full as you like. I wanted soft gathers at the waist and a fuller hem. I drafted my pattern but if you have a skirt that you like from anther pattern just make the adjustment for the hem and use the skirt pattern.
- Gather this to fit the dress waist and stitch the zipper in place same as the dress. Tip: where the zipper meets on the left side pull a few teeth off using pliers and turn the zipper tape back and stitch.
- I did not want any more seams in this ruffled fabric than needed. I wanted to keep the ruffles in one continuous line. After I determined how full I want the skirt to be I cut skirt in one piece. For the length, I made the skirt 2/3 the length of the dress skirt.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.