Easy Fly-Front Zipper

ThumbFlyFrontTechniqueOur friend, and future Power Sewing blog contributor, Diane Egelston, recently wrote an article for Pattern Review called, Best Patterns of 2009, in which Diane refers to Sandra’s Easy Fly-Front Technique:

“If a pair of homemade slacks look homemade, it’s probably because of the way the zipper was inserted. Ignore the instructions that came with your pattern. Most are so complicated, you’ll give up and switch to a lapped zipper insertion.”

 In her book Power Sewing Step-by-Step, Sandra gives detailed instructions for converting any zipper opening to a fly front. Watch the video, featured in Threads Magazine, in which she demonstrates the procedure.  In preparation, ensure the that existing extension is 1-3/8 in. wide and 8 in. long. If converting, merely add the extension beyond the center-front cutting line.