by Gertie of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing
I love lapped zippers. They give a beautiful, classic touch to a garment, and they hold up to sturdy fabrics really well. A lapped zipper is perfect for a skirt side seam zipper, because the lap will cover the zipper teeth. Here’s what you’ll need.
A zipper foot for your sewing machine
Fusible interfacing, cut into 1” strips
Disappearing ink pen (optional)
3. On the left side of the zipper opening (this is as you’re wearing at it, NOT as you’re looking at it from the outside), turn the seam allowance under ½” and press. This will create a tiny underlap at the base of the opening.
4. On the right side of the zipper opening, turn the seam allowance under 5/8” and press.
|Stitch on fold of fabric|
|First row of stitching completed|
|Stitch on marking|
|Pivot at base|
|Finished zipper closed|
|Finished zipper open|
Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress and the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. She teaches sewing in New York City, around the country, on PBS’s It’s Sew Easy, and on Craftsy.com. Her work has been featured in Sew Stylish, Vogue Patterns Magazine, Threads Magazine, Stitch Magazine, and on Jezebel.com.
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