Today's the big day! You're going to put a zipper into your new dress!
I prepared a little intro video to putting in the zipper. I didn't even watch it all the way through because it's too painful to watch myself talk to the camera, so hopefully it's not too horrible. After that, I have some pictures of how I put in my zipper. It's still not a fully cohesive tutorial, so you should follow another one that goes into more detail on each step.
I would recommend following this invisible zipper tutorial from sewiknit.blogspot.com. It's pretty good! Burda Style has a tutorial, too, that is recommended in the pattern instructions, but it's not as terrific. I do break one rule that a lot of tutorials recommend: I zip the zipper back up after ironing to make sure it's in place properly. I've put too many zippers in backwards to sacrifice this step. Maybe someday when I have spatial relations skills....
|After ironing the zipper teeth flat, put the zipper in place|
|You can see here that I've folded the side of the dress closest|
to the bottom of your screen over as if it were sewn with a 5/8"
seam, then I lined up the zipper so it will face outward
This is kinda important, so I'm writing it on its own and not as a picture caption. The top of the zipper should go to the top of the bodice fabric. You left open 5/8" to work with when you sewed the bodice to the bodice lining. This is why! You'll finish that seam after the zipper is in place.
|Once the zipper is sewn in, and you've tested it out to make|
sure it's in correctly, finish the seam at the top of the armhole--
the one you left open 5/8" from the edge when you connected the
bodice to the bodice lining.
|View from the other side|