Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Exposed Zipper Top: a tutorial

Thank you for all your wonderful tips and comments on my last post. I've gotten a few furniture pieces and it's slowly coming together. I've also ordered about 5 yards of various fabrics to make some throw pillows.  I'm so happy to have some time for sewing.

 This project only took about half an hour and really adds something to the top. By the way, if you're needing some inexpensive tops, Old Navy is the place to go. I got 3 sweaters and this striped tee all for $15 each! 

This technique is also a great way to add a slit to a top, maybe one that's too tight at the bottom. And the zipper is actually functional, so you can zip it up or down depending on your mood. Or maybe to give you a little more room after Christmas dinner (;


These zippers are more expensive than most, but with a Joann 40% off coupon (download the app) they aren't too bad. I purchased two 7" zippers, but you could get longer ones if you'd like. 

If you don't know the length of your zipper, measure it from end to end (where the teeth begin to where they end). Subtact .5" from that measurement. That's how much you'll want to cut into the shirt. 

Find the side seam and..

measure the number you've just calculated and mark it with a pin.

Cut straight up just to one side of the seam (not right through it).

At the top, snip two small cuts extending outwards (about 60 degrees).

Use an iron to hem the tee about 1/4".

Arrange the zipper underneath the slit and pin it in place. 

Sew carefully around the perimeter of the zipper. 

Pretty easy, huh?




Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

great idea! gives your shirt that "little something extra"!! :)

Unknown said...

I am so glad you're blogging again! I follow lots of sewing blogs, but I always feel like I relate to yours so much more because I'm not a mom and I work full-time. :) So thanks for the inspiration to get better at sewing!

Ashlee @ said...

So great to have you back with sewing tutorials! :)

{jen} iCandyhandmade said...

Love this idea! Love how you used the gold zipper, turned out awesome.

Evey said...

I love the tutorial! But I'm dying to know where you got your boots? I love them!

Kimberly said...

So great!! I'm about to start nursing again and adding some zippers to the neckline of my tops might be a really great idea. I had no idea it would be so easy. Thanks!

Lindsay Erin said...

Very cute idea! I need to thrift a top to do this with.

lisacng said...

I love it and so easy, it seems. Do you use a special thread or seam size (not sure terms are right) b/c you are sewing a knit/sweater with open weave? This is ironic b/c I saw another blogger just REMOVE the zippers from her H&M sweater. Well, this will be a great tutorial if she ever decides to add them back on ;).

aimee jones said...

Love this! Going to do it today! Good luck with your new teaching adventure! I teach K-5 art and love 4th grade:)

Jenbolaya said...

Love your tutorials! What I want to know is where did you get those boots??

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