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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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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