Using an Exposed Lace Zipper

Exposed lace zippers add some upscale customized detailing to a sewing project. I was able to pick one up a JoAnn’s but they can also be found at various fabric and Etsy shops online.


Start with your shirt or dress bodice before you assemble the back.


Finish the edges with a serger or zigzag stitch. Then add a piece of interfacing 1/2″ wide x the length of your zipper (mine was 7″) to the right side of each piece of the fabric, beginning roughly 1/2″ from the top.

Pin the back pieces together as you normally would. Mark where the interfacing begins. Start sewing at that pin, back-stitching to make it secure, and go all the way down to the hem.


Turn the shirt inside out and press the seam open, continuing up to the top of the shirt.


Take your zipper, pin the bottom tails up and under, and sew across the bottom a few times.

Pin the zipper to the right side of the fabric. Make sure the folded edge is at least 1/8″ away from the zipper teeth.


Use a zipper foot to sew the zipper in place, once close to the zipper teeth and once along the lace edge.


Pin and attach the zipper to the other side of the shirt.


Voila! You have a beautiful exposed lace zipper on the back of your shirt or dress! Continue to follow the rest of the pattern’s instructions for finishing the garment.


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