Adding a zipper to a dress is a useful sewing skill that allows you to create fitted garments with easy closures. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of sewing a zipper onto a dress. Whether you're a beginner or have some sewing experience, following these steps will help you achieve a professional-looking finish.
Zipper (preferably a concealed or invisible zipper)
Step 1: Prepare the Dress:
Before starting, ensure that your dress is assembled and ready for the zipper. Make sure all other construction steps, such as attaching sleeves or sewing side seams, are complete.
Press your dress using an iron to remove any wrinkles and ensure a smooth sewing surface.
Step 2: Measure and Cut the Zipper:
Determine the length of the zipper required for your dress. Measure the opening where the zipper will be placed.
Add an extra inch to the measured length to provide room for the zipper stoppers.
Trim the zipper tape to the desired length using sharp scissors. Make sure the zipper pull is intact.
Step 3: Pinning the Zipper:
Lay your dress on a flat surface, with the right side facing up.
Center the zipper along the seam where the opening will be.
Starting at the top, align the zipper tape with the raw edge of the fabric, ensuring the right side of the zipper is facing down onto the right side of the dress.
Pin the zipper tape to the dress, inserting the pins perpendicular to the fabric to avoid interference while sewing.
Step 4: Sewing the Zipper:
Attach a zipper foot to your sewing machine.
Begin sewing from the top edge of the zipper tape.
Lower the needle close to the zipper teeth, ensuring you sew through the fabric and zipper tape but not too close to the teeth.
Sew down one side of the zipper tape, removing the pins as you go.
When you reach the zipper pull, lift the presser foot and carefully slide the zipper pull past the foot.
Continue sewing until you reach the bottom of the zipper tape.
Repeat the process for the other side of the zipper tape, starting from the top edge and sewing down to the bottom.
Step 5: Finishing:
Once both sides are sewn, close the zipper to check if it operates smoothly.
With the zipper closed, flip the dress inside out.
Align the seam edges below the zipper and pin them together.
Using a regular sewing foot, stitch across the bottom of the zipper tape to secure the seam edges together.
Trim any excess zipper tape below the seam.
Finally, press the fabric and the zipper area to give a professional look.
By following this step-by-step tutorial, you can confidently sew a zipper onto a dress, adding functionality and style to your garment. Remember to take your time, work carefully, and practice the techniques until you achieve the desired result. With practice, sewing zippers will become easier, allowing you to create beautifully finished dresses and other garments.