How to Install a Zipper

Learn the basics of how to install a zipper for dresses and skirts.

Learn how to install a zipper using both common application methods for dresses and skirts.
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Regardless of the zipper's style, they all have the same basic construction.
Illustration by Missy Shepler
When cutting longer zippers to size, don't forget to securely add a new stop.
Illustration by Missy Shepler
Prep the seam for your zipper installation by adding a basting stitch at the raw edge of your fabric.
Illustration by Missy Shepler
Centered zippers are a good choice for the back of skirts and dresses. It is also a great method for beginners to start with.
Illustration by Missy Shepler
Once you've mastered the regular coil zipper, learn how to install an invisible zipper.
Illustration by Missy Shepler
"Buffi's Dress Design," from Project Runway contestant and fashion designer Buffi Jashanmal, offers 27 stylish dress designs and great ways to revamp vintage dresses.
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