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From: BCSpaMom
Date: 11-11-2006, 03:51 PM (1 of 3)
How difficult would it be to move a zipper that is supposed to be in the center back of a strapless gown to the side seam under the arm? I haven't started making the gown yet, but I wanted to modify that particular part so that it looks better.
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From: paroper
Date: 11-11-2006, 07:00 PM (2 of 3)
It wouldn't be that hard however, it might pinch if it zips all the way up so you'd probably want to be sure and put a swinging snap or a hook at the top. Anytime you move a zipper you need to make sure that it is well below the waist and through the fullest part of the bust so that it opens wide enough to get the dress on.

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From: VenusElaine
Date: 11-11-2006, 07:08 PM (3 of 3)
It should not be that hard to move, providing you move all the other foundation components. Most zippers install in the seam allowance, so switching them has never presented a problem for me. Consider where you may alter it (if you are not doing a fitting muslin) and if the zipper will present extreme additional work. Is there an inner bodice? (Which in my opinion there always should be to support the gown and most contain a waist stay that usually fastens at the center back.)) Where is the boning placement? All of these must factor into your decision.

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