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Sunday, April 18, 2010

No matter How I Try to Fix This, I'm Still Going to Have to Rip and Redo Half of this Invisible Zipper

After putting an invisible zipper into this dress, I checked the bottom end to see if there was no bubble. It's obvious that the two sides are not matched up, but I really don't want to rip and redo this zipper. So, I think pressing it will take care of the problem.
Unfortunately, I cannot ignore the fact that the horizontal seams are also mismatched here..
And here.

Oh, and here...

Sometimes when we sew, we are torn between wanting a garment to be perfect, and wanting a garment to be done!
In the end, we have to be satisfied with ourselves and our work. I am not a perfectionist, but I do strive for excellence.
Needless to say, I ripped out the second side of this zipper and put it in the right way. You can read more about it here at my website.


  1. AnonymousMay 15, 2011

    Your pictures and steps are great on replacing an invisible zipper. I have to do this on a fancy lined chiffon dress, with a side invisible zipper--and I'm pretty scared of ruining my daughter-in-law's dress! Wish me luck!

  2. In case you didn't see it, there is a much more detailed step by step tutorial on my website. You can click on "Replace Invisible Zipper" on the left or go to
    Chiffon is very difficult to work with. I would baste the zipper in first, by hand. The chiffon is going to want to crinkle and pucker. When you machine stitch, try to pull the fabric taught to smooth the wrinkles near the feed dogs. Some folks also use tissue paper as a stabilizer.
    You can sometimes replace the lining by machine, but doing so with a fine hand stitch is easier and looks beautiful.
    Let us know how things are going and good luck!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I was so glad I read it before I attempted to replace the zipper in a gown. I would have probably cut the zipper to the proper length first rather than leaving it full length. It still took me 4 hours to replace the zipper! ARRRGH! Now I know why I don't do alterations for a living!

  4. You're welcome Carley. I'm glad you had success. The more you do it, the quicker you'll get, so don't give up on that alterations career just yet!