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Monday, March 26, 2007

How To Convert From A Zipper To A Button Back Closing

Sewing Tip: Front and Back Garment Closings

Sewing Friends:

When sewing clothes, sometimes you just don't want a zipper closing on the back of a dress especially for small children.

You can change the closing to be whatever you want it to be. You are the designer. It is a quick and easy sewing pattern change.

Here are the instructions on how to convert from a zipper to a button or snap back closing.
  • Tape some paper to the center back of the garment pattern.
  • From the center back line - that is the stitching line - not the cutting line - add 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch if you are planning to use large size buttons.
  • Draw a line and call this the "fold line".
  • Then, add an additional 1-1/2 inch for the facing and draw another line. Cut the rest of the paper away.
  • Fold the paper back on the fold line like the fabric will be when it is finished.
  • Cut the neckline edge of the facing to line up with the garment pattern.
  • Interface the facing and 1/4 inch beyond the fold on the fold line.
  • Place buttonholes 3/8 inch to 1/2 inch from garment fold.
  • Sew buttons the same distance from the fold on the remaining edge.

You can use this method to change the front of a garment to a buttoned closing, too.

Think about using some of those fancy gripper snaps instead of buttons.

Or, for a tiny baby dress, use the small clear snaps so they don't irritate their sensitive skin when the baby lays on them.

Some older kids including handicapped seniors may like hook and loop tape closings on the front to make it easier for them to dress themselves.

Try it! Let me know how you like this sewing tip.

It just makes sense!

To Your Sewing Success,


Sewing Tip: Front and Back Garment Closings
How To Convert From A Zipper To A Button Back Closing

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