When I saw this colorful striped cotton at Spotlight, I envisioned a simple top with exposed zipper. So, that's what I did when I got home since I've got just a the colored metal zipper to go with it.
The fabric actually had more colors but I only used the top portion with purple, blue, grey and yellow. It's a simple top that I just trace off one of my existing top. I've made the front shorter than the back so that it will be more of a tapered short top look.
This is how I insert the exposed zipper.
1) Measure the size of your zipper and back bodice. Place your zipper in position to get a gauge on how long you want the zipper to be exposed. Using a disappearing pen, draw the zipper position, starting from neckline.
2) Cut a piece of fabric slightly wider and longer than your zipper. This is actually the zipper facing that you will sew with your zipper. Treat the seams by serging or zig zag all the raw edges. Using the disappearing pen again, draw a line in the middle of the Facing.
3) Then, pin the facing in the middle of the back where the zipper position is. Remember that the Facing and Back bodice are Right Side Facing. i.e. Facing has the Right side face down.
4) Start sewing from the top, aligning the left side of your zipper foot to the middle of the line of the Facing. See below. The distance is up to you. If you wish to expose more of your zipper, you can sew it further away from the middle line. As an after thought, I should have sewn it further away so that more of the zipper is exposed. Oh well. Live and Learn. Sew all the way down and then turn right angle and sew about 0.5" or 1", depending how wide is your zipper. Then, lift up your zipper foot again, with needle still in the fabric, turn the fabric again so that you can continue to sew up towards the neckline. You will be sewing a rectangle around the middle line on the Facing.
5) Then, use a scissor and cut from the neckline, all the way down near the end of the rectangle. At the ends, you can cut 2 slits to help you turn the facing to the wrong side. Then, turn the facing to the Wrong side of the back bodice. Press with iron so that it lies flat.
6) Now, you can place your zipper behind the rectangle and pin in place.
7) Using a zipper foot, sew all around the rectangle opening and you are done sewing the zipper! Just need to sew up the shoulder seams for front and back. Hem the sleeves and bottom and you are good to go.
For the front of the bodice, I've made a simple small pleat to make it more interesting. Here's the front view.
Back view with the exposed zipper
closer look at the zipper
Side view with matching stripes and interesting high low front and back.
My kids were trying to get into the picture and I'm trying hard to push them away here. I was rushing off to work and trying to take some photos before I dash off to work.
Now, I really need to get into the sewing mojo since Christmas is around the corner again. This time I'll pace myself and do what I can. Maybe I can just buy the gifts this year : P
I've actually sewn 2 jackets for the girls. They are really cute although maybe too hot for our weather here. Will share more in next post.