Invisible zippers are sewn such that the tape is on the inside of the dress.
Maybe the zipper broke or perhaps you need to let out the dress slightly so your child can wear her favorite dress a bit longer. Maybe you're making your child's clothes — whatever the reason, many parents need to sew in a zipper at some time. The good news is that even novice sewers can quickly add a zipper to an existing child’s dress.
1You can use a standard zipper for a child's dress, but invisible zippers provide more comfort and look more professional than do standard zippers. Remove the invisible zipper from its packaging. You’ll notice that the teeth of the zipper curl into the tape of the zipper, and the tape might even be a bit wrinkled or creased from its packaging. Use the iron to flatten out the tape and to stop the teeth from curling into the tape. This step will help you stitch closer to the teeth, making the invisible zipper that much more invisible. Repeat for both sides of the zipper.
2Place the child’s dress front-side down with the fabric right-side out on a table. There should be an opening on the back where the zipper will go. Place the left side of the zipper face down on the dress at the left-side opening. Leave about 1/4 inch between the edge of the zipper tape and the edge of the dress fabric.
3Pin the zipper to the dress with the pins facing parallel to the zipper tape.
4Attach the zipper foot to your machine. Place the top end of the zipper and dress under the foot and lower it down. The teeth of the zipper should be in the left groove of the zipper foot.
5Stitch the zipper to the dress slowly to prevent puckering, and remove the pins as you stitch. Sew all the way to the end of the zipper. Stitch as close to the zipper teeth as possible without sewing into them.
6Pin the opposite side of the zipper tape to the right side of the dress. Close the zipper to ensure you have it pinned correctly.
7Unzip the zipper and sew the right side to the dress as you did with the left side. The zipper teeth will be on the right side of the zipper foot this time.
8Zip the zipper and match up the seam allowances at the bottom of the zipper. Pin in place; the end of the zipper should be pulled slightly away from the seam allowance, or it will be caught in the seam you are about to make.
9Replace the zipper foot with the standard sewing foot. Sew the seam from about 1/4 inch above the end of the zipper through the remainder of the opening.
Things You'll Need
- Invisible zipper
- Ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Zipper foot
- Standard sewing foot