In today’s online article and FREE fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to demonstrate a quick, easy and simple way to sew a zipper fly front.
If you’re a little unsure on what a zipper fly front is, I’d best describe it as follows -
A fly front is a fashion sewing technique involving a zipper insertion.
Zipper fly fronts are most common on jeans, but are found on men’s and women’s trousers as well as skirts and other such garments.
If you own a pair of jeans (and most of us do I’m sure), then have a look at the fly area and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
So how do we sew it?
There is more than one way to sew a zipper fly front.
The technique that I’m going to demonstrate for you in this article is a ‘quick‘ and ‘easy‘ way to get a zipper inserted into the fly front and have it looking almost professionally finished.
If you’re wondering what the fly front looks like on a sewing pattern, then I’d describe it as being an extension on a sewing pattern piece, of around 5cm’s – 3 inches in width, and 23 cm’s – 9 inches in length.
I’ll show you more in my fashion sewing video tutorial below.
Sewing a Zipper Fly Front with Colleen G Lea
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I hope you’re pleasantly surprised on just how easy it can be to create such a professional looking finish.
Let’s make sure we’ve got it.
Sewing a Zipper Fly Front – Written Guide
1 – Once your sewing patterns have been cut out onto your fashion fabric, ensure you interface both extensions (the fly front) and neaten the raw edges.
2 – Sew the extension (fly front) as guided by your sewing pattern markings. Sew the seam allowance using your regular stitch length. Once done, press the section open.
3 – Turn the left extension back on itself. The interfaced sides should now be facing each other. Press!
4 – Place the zipper along the pressed edge, as close as possible to the zippers teeth. Pin into place.
5 – Using your sewing machines zipper foot, sew a line of stitching.
6 – Turn your work wrong side up and pin the other side of the zipper tape to the ‘right‘ extension. Machine sew into place.
7 – Working on the right of your fashion fabric, we now need to top stitch to get the fly front finish.
8 – Stitching though all thicknesses, and around 3.5cm’s in width from the extension edge, top stitch in order to achieve the fly front shaping.
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And remember, if there’s a specific fashion sewing technique you’d like me to demonstrate, do get in touch and I’ll do my very best to help.
Happy fashion sewing
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