Monday, December 8, 2008

Fly Zipper with Facing

I've never tried a fly zipper with a facing rather than the traditional waistband. Somehow I couldn't wrap my head around how the top of the zipper gets caught so you don't lose the pull.

Over the weekend, I sewed two samples following Kay Y's tutorial. I got very confused at a couple of points, specifically how the facing gets attached to the fly extension, and also how the facing gets sewn to the waist. I finally figured it out, but after I was done I wasn't too happy with the result. I'm not sure if it's my fabric - I tried it with corduroy and with my cotton velvet - my sewing skill, or maybe just the lack of pressing.

I'm going to spend time today trying to adapt Sandra Betzina's easy fly zipper method for facings.

Wish me luck! and if I'm happy I'll post a tutorial.


Leslie said...

oh yay you tried it! Sorry you weren't happy with the results, but maybe you will come up with something even better.

Johanna Lu said...

I wish you luck! Getting good results with fly facings take a bit of practice in my experience. The method I like best is the one Wendy Mullen describes in her Sew U book that looks pretty similar to RTW, but Betzina's is a fairly foolproof alternative.

luckylibbet said...

>>Johanna - I'll have to look up the Sew U book next time I'm at JoAnn's. I did complete the sample, taking lots of photos, and am wearing the trousers as I write. I don't have time to post now, as I am travelling to my parents house for the holidays - it's their 50th wedding anniversary ! This tutorial will have to wait until the New Year.

Johanna Lu said...

Oops I just reread your post and realized that you were talking about a non waistband zipper application, I thought you were referring to the fly facing which Wendy Mullen covers. I'll blame it on my sketchy understanding of English :)Look forward to the tutorila