Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jacket Fix

My husband has this jacket and he likes it, but he does not like to pull it over his head.  He asked me if I could put a zipper down the front of the jacket instead of the small zipper opening on top.  It was roomy on him, so I thought I would give it a try.  I measured the front of the pullover and it needed a 25" two way zipper.  Here is how I fixed it.  It came out really nice and I don't think anyone will ever guess I changed the zipper.  He will be surprised when he gets home from work!
I drew a line directly down the center of the jacket deciding to go ahead and just split the front pocket.  I cut it open on the line and removed the top zipper.  I then laid my new zipper along one of the cut lines with the correct side facing the jacket and sewed the zipper to the jacket with my zipper foot.


 Then I flipped the zipper over and stitched the jacket material right next to the zipper. 



When I turned the jacker over, the zipper was kind of flopping on the inside, so I stitched another row of stitching down the front side of the jacket about 1/4 inch away from the first seam and caught the edge of the zipper on the back side in the stitching.  It looks nice and neat and lays nice.  Hopefully, you can see what I did in the pictures.  I only used 1/4 inch of material on the seams by sewing it this way, so I only reduced the jacket total size by 1/2 inch.  This should just work fine.  If you have any questions, just let me know!

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