January 31, 2011

Zipper Insertion Options

I decided not to do a step by step zipper insertion on the trousers because I've done one already. Two in fact, and either or will do the trick. I plan to do an invisible zip on both my pairs of trousers. And you know how I feel about invisible zips, and if you don't here's the post I did on how to insert one.

If you feel your fabric is a little to thick to handle an invisible zipper, you have the option of doing a regular zip. Handpicked and lapped is my favorite method. Here's my method and there's also this one from Gertie's blog and this one from the Sewaholic.

Metal zippers from JamieDeLongVintage on Etsy

To top this whole thing off, I'm going to let you in on a secret too. The zippers they make these days are sadly, not as durable as vintage zippers made of actual metal. Especially the invisible ones. So if you are in the market for a metal zipper, which you will not find at your local Joann, take your hunt to Ebay and Etsy. And if you score an invisible metal zipper, you are one lucky duck indeed. I've only found one and that in pale pink.

Oh my goodness! It's onto hemming next! Almost there!




  1. My mother-in-law has an entire huge bag full of vintage zippers and I scored a 20" long navy blue invisible metal zipper (taken out of another dress). And there's tons of other metal ones in there too. She also has a 10 gallon container of vintage buttons and another of vintage lace.
    I raid her stash regularly.

  2. Okay I have a question...I was working on inserting my invisible zipper, but I wasn't 100% sure what to do with the lining. Do I first attach the zipper to the shell seam allowance and then hand sew the lining to the zipper? If anyone has any pictures I would appreciate it! But am very excited how these pants have turned out so far and can't wait to finish so I can wear them!!!

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