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From: HeatherL
Date: 02-10-2005, 09:16 AM (1 of 5)
I am making a dress for my niece. There is a zipper down the back that extends a few inches below the bodice and into the skirt. I have a lovely braided trim that I would like to use to border the bottom of the bodice.

What do I do with the ends of the trim?

If I sew the zipper in first and then sew the trim on, I'll have raw ends...OR try to turn them under and have impossible bulk at the ends.

If I sew the trim first, then I'll have an impossible lump to deal with when trying to place the zipper.

I've never done trims on the body of a garment before--only on edges (like cuffs and hems). HELP!!
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From: MaryW
Date: 02-10-2005, 10:16 AM (2 of 5)
I would sew in the zipper first. Then add your trim. You could maybe hand stitch on because this is a special dress. That way you can deal with the ends, tucking them under neatly, cutting off the extra bulk.

Another way would be to tuck ends of trim in seam allowances of bodice. Then, trim off extra and put in your zipper. There are a few different ways you could deal with it.

Anyone else have any options?
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From: Pudge99
Date: 02-10-2005, 11:55 AM (3 of 5)
I was thinking you could sew it on before you put the bodice and skirt together. Then have the ends of the braiding in the seam of the skirt and bodice.
You could just have it on the front of the dress and sew the ends into the side seam.
If you have enough you could have it tie in a bow on the back over the zipper.
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From: HeatherL
Date: 02-10-2005, 01:53 PM (4 of 5)
I kind of like the idea about using the bodice-to-skirt seam. It would probably have a neater "look" if I just put the trim on the front of the bodice (and tuck into the side seam), but I think if I'm careful, I can make the most-of-the-way-around approach work. Thanks so much for your suggestions!!
User: HeatherL
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From: HeatherL
Date: 02-21-2005, 09:50 AM (5 of 5)
It turned out well, so I thought I'd share!

I basted the zipper by hand. Then I machine-sewed from the bottom of the zipper up to about 1/2" from the trim. Next, I machine-sewed from about 1/2" above the trim to the top of the zipper. Finally, I went back and hand-sewed the zipper to the garment in the area of the trim.

I was surprised that it came out so well--no buckles or gaps or anything! WOOHOO!
User: HeatherL
Member since: 03-13-2004
Total posts: 102
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