How To: Sew a zipper front dress inspired by Max Azria

Sew a zipper front dress inspired by Max Azria

First of all you need some basic tools like sewing machine, scissors, pins, ruler, measuring tape and thread. You also need a printed knit of size 1.5 yard or 1.4 meters ad a separating zipper of size 18 inches or 46 cm. First you have to start by making the straps and bodice. Cut off two rectangles those measures from the top of your bust to the bottom of your bust. The length should be enough to go all the way around your upper half. Place these two rectangle pieces together. Now separate your zipper and place it between the two layers, with the zipper teeth facing up. Now place it in the place you want your zipper to be. Pin the ends of each of each half of the zipper between your fabrics. These will be your straps on the back of your dress. Sew a straight stitch and be careful with your zipper. Now flip the rectangles with wrong sides together. Now press the seam. Now you have to edge stitch the seam and make sure to catch all layers of the fabric, as well as the zipper tape. Now press 5/8 inches on the short ends of the bodice. Pin each side of the zipper to the fabric. Now using your zipper feet topstitch the zipper in place. For the rest of the dress it is very easy. You have to cut off the fabric to the length of your choice. You’ll need a rectangle that measures twice the width of your ribs just below the bust. It should be as long as you would like your final hemline to be. Now hold it in half and right sides together, and then you have to sew up the side seam. You have to finish the raw edges. Pin the dress to the top right sides together. You have to make a pleat as you pin them. Once everything is pinned then check the dress once again. Now sew all the way around and then finish off the raw edges. You have to hem if required. That’s it.

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