July 30, 2015

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LJ Pattern Hack: Classic Jeans to Zipper-Front Jeans Free Tutorial

Ever wonder if you could add a real zipper to the front of the Liberty Jane jeans? Well, in today's post, we're about to show you how.... 

Giveaway update! We have a winner! It's Lesley, who said, "I think these shorts would look really cute with a fun red top. =)" Lesley, we'll be in touch via email soon. 

Today's pattern hack was inspired by a post originally shared by Donna of Sweetscraps on Liberty Jane Patterns in 2011. Thanks for the great hack Donna!

I'm going to add a zipper to the front of a pair of cut-off shorts -- it's been so warm here lately that it's been hard to think of wearing much else! :) You'll need all the normal pieces for a pair of jeans or shorts, plus:

One rectangle 1" wide x 2" long (this becomes the Facing)
One rectangle 2" wide x 2 1/4" long (which will be the Fly).
And of course, you'll need a zipper! The regular kind works great.

Are you ready? Let's get started!

Line up one side of the pants front with one side of the zipper -- right sides together. Pin. You want about 1/8" of zipper tape showing beyond the raw edge, so that way when you sew at 1/4", the teeth will be close to the seamline. Set this aside for a minute.

Fold the fly piece in half (it should be 1" wide), and sew a curve along one lower edge. Clip and turn right side out.

Use the fly to sandwich the zipper tape to the Pants Front. The raw edges of the Front and Fly should line up, but you should still have about 1/8" of zipper tape showing.

Stop stitching right at the bottom of the fly, and clip into the seam allowance on the Front side just to the stitching.

Press and topstitch! If you want, you can also zig zag here. Just be sure to leave the clipped edge of the seam allowance free....

Sew the Facing piece to the other Crotch edge on the other Front piece. Clip into the seam allowance as you did before, and then fold the facing around to the wrong side. Press. (I zig-zagged my facing first, just to keep all the edges tidy.)


Close the zipper, and then line up the two fronts so that the facing edge covers the zipper entirely.

Hold the facing in place; pin the free side of the zipper tape to JUST the facing. Stitch.

Sew a bar tack over the bottom of the zipper, and cut off any extra tape. Finish sewing the rest of the front crotch seam. 

Then, re-fold the Front over the facing; carefully topstitch to hold everything in place. Be sure not to catch the Fly when you topstitch!

Whew! Congrats! Now you can finish sewing the pants together.

When you reach the waistband step, you have two options: 1) sew the waistband as directed in the pattern, in a circle or 2) sew a modified waistband to let you open the pants fully at the zipper, which I'll show you next...

Cut a waistband 3/4" longer than the pattern calls for. (This extra is to account for the width that the fly adds.) Press under 1/4" along one long raw edge, and pin the waistband to the inside of the pants. Leave 1/4" extending beyond the opening on either end. Sew!



Fold the short ends back on themselves, and pin. Cut a piece of elastic 3/4" longer than the pattern calls for (I used 11" of 1/4" wide elastic). Include the elastic when you sew this seam. Tricksy, right? :) You should have a loop of elastic floating around the waistband, just kinda hanging out. 

Now turn the waistband right side out, and carefully fold it over the elastic as you pin it into place. Sew that waistband down!

At the front openings, sew squares to hold the front edges of the waistband flat.

Finish off your pants by adding a small snap or a little patch of velcro at the front.

Congratulations -- you just added a real working zipper to the front of a pair of jeans!

Giveaway time

Giveaway closed -- thanks everybody for entering!

Wanna win this pair of shorts? Really? Yay!

We'd love to give it to one lucky winner!
To enter, leave a comment below, finishing this sentence: 

"I think these shorts would look really cute with..."

We'll pick a winner on Monday, August 3, and get in touch with them via email.

Thanks everybody, and have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda and Cinnamon


100 Comments

Bonnie
Bonnie

July 29, 2016

Add belt loops to the shorts, and do a ravel hem to the legs. Pair them with a scoop neck tee, a western necklace, and a western belt, complete with a big silver buckle. Would drive all the cowboy’s crazy!

Lynda Johnson
Lynda Johnson

July 29, 2016

I think these shorts would look good over a swimsuit with her red crocks while having lunch before going to the beach.

Mary
Mary

July 29, 2016

I think these shorts would look really cute with a trendy tunic, a floppy hat, and a cute shoulder bag. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Donna
Donna

July 14, 2016

Great tutorial. Thanks for giving me credit

sue
sue

June 03, 2016

These shorts would look really cute with a Hawaiian print t shirt.

Janice
Janice

June 03, 2016

Thank you for this cute shorts pattern. I think they would look really cute with a white peasant blouse trimmed in lace.

Christina
Christina

August 03, 2015

These would look great with the Trendy t-shirt and the Dollistocks shoes.

Linda
Linda

August 03, 2015

I think these shorts would look good with almost any one of the several patterns for shirts or dress found at Liberty Jane. Love them all

Donna
Donna

August 03, 2015

Denim shorts go with anything!

jj
jj

August 03, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with the bikini top from the Doll Tag Clothing pattern!

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

August 02, 2015

Thank you so much for this tutorial! These shorts would look great with any of the Pixie tops. They are simply adorable!

Nina
Nina

August 02, 2015

The lace embellishment on a white tank top that I made using another pattern hack featured here would look perfect with the silver studs on the shorts.

Grace
Grace

August 01, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with The Trendy T-Shirt or any of the cute tops on Pixie Faire.

Laura T.
Laura T.

August 01, 2015

Since these shorts are denim I think they would look adorable with just about anything! Thanks for the tutorial-so cute!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

August 01, 2015

“I think these shorts would look really cute with a California cami”

Gerda
Gerda

August 01, 2015

I think these shorts would look really good !

Jennifer
Jennifer

August 01, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a white and red striped crop top and some cat ears. Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway.

Kathy Osterby
Kathy Osterby

August 01, 2015

I’d love to see these shorts paired with an eyelet ruffled tank top.

connie
connie

August 01, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a pair of worn cowboy boots and a sleeveless buttoned front blouse made from red paisley or gingham. In honor of all the hard working girls (excuse me and boys) that have shown projects this year at the Indiana county and state fairs. This is where budding seamstresses are publicly encouraged to become great.
Go 4-H’ers.

Lea
Lea

August 01, 2015

These shorts would be PERFECT with a little sweater tucked into them! Maybe the new sparkly sweater from American Girl?

Susan Rees
Susan Rees

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look cute with a red striped T Shirt.

Karen Ann
Karen Ann

July 31, 2015

Really cute with about any of the summer tops!! hot here too!! Thanks for all you all do!!! God Bless You!!

Barb
Barb

July 31, 2015

These shorts a darling. I want to sew them in larger sizes!!!!!! Thank you for giving so many free pattern away. I am having so much fun sewing for my granddaughter’s doll!!!!

Rhondda
Rhondda

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with the Avery shirt from 123 Mulbery Street teamed with Carrick Bend sandals from Miche Designs .

Patricia H.
Patricia H.

July 31, 2015

As jeans, these shorts would look cute with any Western style shirt. As a cotton print, these shorts would look cute with any tank top. No matter what fabric is chosen, these shorts are just plain CUTE.

Billie
Billie

July 31, 2015

Thanks for the great tutorial!! I think they would look great with
a white lace tank top!

Elona
Elona

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look cute with any one of the many patterns I have bought from Pixie Faire!!

Judith
Judith

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a peasant top!

Karen
Karen

July 31, 2015

Too cute! Love these cut-offs – would look great with a white tank top and a yellow denim cropped jacket; matching Miche canvas shoes and the girl is good to go!

Christine
Christine

July 31, 2015

These are so cute. I’ll bet a white lacy tee or tank, longish sweater and short boots would even more adorable!

Marla
Marla

July 31, 2015

Thanks for the chance to win these! I think these shorts would look great with a white lacy shirt.

kate
kate

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would be great with a baseball style tee!

Nancy
Nancy

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with the Rodeo Cowgirl shirt made from a red print bandana scarf. Add a Cowgirl felt hat in white using a pattern from Matilda’s Closet. A pair of brown leather Cowboy Boots from the pattern designed by Stacy and Stella . Our AG girl is ready to kick up her heels at the square dance party.

Katy
Katy

July 31, 2015

almost any top! They are wonderfully constructed.

diane o.
diane o.

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look good with just about any top. They seem to be the perfect “go to” shorts for any time. Love your patterns. Keep up the good work!

Sandra Cox
Sandra Cox

July 31, 2015

i think these shorts would look really cute with a teal colored tank and off white lace over the shoulder t-shirt! Also add Teal Liberty Jane Shoes with the same off white lace over the front of the shoe.

Patricia Clark
Patricia Clark

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with the Roebuck Bay Lace Back top. :)

Patricia Clark
Patricia Clark

July 31, 2015

TY for sharing a great tutorial

Linda N
Linda N

July 31, 2015

Wow…these cutoffs would look good with anything! I am so excited to try this idea!!

Marian
Marian

July 31, 2015

These shorts would be great with a cropped top. Perfect for summer!

Alicia C
Alicia C

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look cute with a california cami, with a colorful or flowery pattern!

chris
chris

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look cue with the Cortina top.

Janet
Janet

July 31, 2015

I think the zipper front jean shorts would look great with a lace back top and a pair of lacy janes.

Vera Z.
Vera Z.

July 31, 2015

“I think these shorts would look really cute with the “Breezy Front Summer Top”.

Sarah
Sarah

July 31, 2015

I think that these shorts would look cute with really any t shirt and or graphic top

Deb W
Deb W

July 31, 2015

with any top you make ….cute shorts!!

Lori Morton
Lori Morton

July 31, 2015

Awesome shorts!!! I would pair with any of the tanks & tee’s really. But favor the Summer Breeze top. Bandeau top, and the Avery shirt (in small red check gingham!). The NOT! for Knits tank & Tee are great too! :)

Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way too!

Sherry
Sherry

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with the Liberty Jane baseball T shirt.

Susan Hefley
Susan Hefley

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a little peplum top with cap sleeves and rhinestones!

Mary Angerer
Mary Angerer

July 31, 2015

I think the shorts would look very cute with a clean white tee shirt!

Pat
Pat

July 31, 2015

So cute and very clever. Thanks for the “how to”. :)

Tove
Tove

July 31, 2015

“I think these shorts would look really cute with the Peplum Top pattern on my granddaughter’s American Girl.
Thanks for all the wonderful patterns

Pam
Pam

July 31, 2015

The think these shorts would look cute with a bathing suit of tank top over.

Julie
Julie

July 31, 2015

What a great tutorial. It makes it look very easy to do. I think these shorts would look really good with a short sleeve shirt with puff sleeves.

kim
kim

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would be really cute with the trendy t shirt tie dyed and flip flops.

KIMBERLE
KIMBERLE

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a one shoulder tye dyed fitted top.

Kayla
Kayla

July 31, 2015

Cute shorts and just the thing to hang out on a summer day. I think these shorts would look cute with the Off-The-Shoulder tee and tank, or maybe a chiffon peasant mid-length sleeve shirt with shoulders peeking out a bit. Time to relax in style, right?

Tammy
Tammy

July 31, 2015

These zipper shorts are so cute, they would look good with about any top. White tank with a black lacey cover up would be really cute. So many choices, we will have to make these shorts in several different colors.

Carol S
Carol S

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with the Cortina top.

Crystal
Crystal

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a sweet little lace tank top and cute sandals. And as an FYI, there is a company that sells two-inch and four-inch zippers!

Sharon Howell
Sharon Howell

July 31, 2015

I think these would be cute with a tank top or a raised waist top (short dress).

Pat
Pat

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look cute with a sleeveless button front pink shirt.

Donna D
Donna D

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a t shirt you made.

Emily
Emily

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a bright yellow bustier top, red sandles and a simple necklace.

Sally
Sally

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look great with the light rose hand knitted tank top I made for my AG Saige!

Cheryl
Cheryl

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look cute with a cool, flowy gauze tank top.

Carm
Carm

July 31, 2015

These shorts would look really cute with a short sleeved peasant top.

Diamondnel
Diamondnel

July 31, 2015

I can’t think of any top these shorts would NOT look good with. Fancy or casual. It would all work beautifully.

Donna
Donna

July 31, 2015

These shorts are adorable! They would look so cute paired with the Bandeau Top!

Janic3 Ferguson
Janic3 Ferguson

July 31, 2015

These shorts would look really cute with the knitted Sunshine halter top from 123 Mulberry Street. Use sparkly white yarn to pick up on the embellishments on the shorts. Give her some lightweight, white and blue sandals and a knitted purse to match the top.

Lucy
Lucy

July 31, 2015

It’s sooo hot right now. I think any cut off top will be needed.

Barb
Barb

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a swimming suit.

Carole
Carole

July 31, 2015

These shorts are so cute. Will have to make some with a a zipper! I love the decorative stitching on the pockets and of course the bling is great! I think any of the sleeveless tops would look great with them!

Jazmin P
Jazmin P

July 31, 2015

I think the shorts would look nice with a shirt that has a sparkly design and the shirt color pink. Added to the outfit a necklace with a feather and a gold ring.

Jo
Jo

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a tank top on my granddaughter’s dolls

Caro
Caro

July 31, 2015

A tie dyed top would be cute…with a headband or long decorated ‘ribbon cords’ on a hair clip. Kinda hippy style.

OR

A short shirt that ties in front…kinda ‘40’s’ style

Mariam
Mariam

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a gold, lace tank.

Leigh
Leigh

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look adorable with a red halter top!

Kathy Jarvis
Kathy Jarvis

July 31, 2015

These are the cutest darned shorts I’ve see for the American Girl doll!
“I think these shorts would look really cute with…” the MAE PULLOVER KNITTING PATTERN. It’s a short-sleeved, hooded pullover…..really cute! I’d love to win these shorts for my great-granddaughter…..she loves things for her doll “that does stuff”!

dorrie
dorrie

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look cute with the off-shoulder tee in a tie-dye fabric.

Tinkerbelljan
Tinkerbelljan

July 31, 2015

Thanks so much. My daughter wants zippers in all of her doll clothes now. I was so happy to find this hack today. I think the zipper just makes the shorts so realistic and if possible, more adorable. Thanks so much. My daughter says the shorts are just precious and she really wants me to win them for her.

Laura
Laura

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a sleeveless white T-shirt with a diamond picture on it and a pair of strappy sandals.

Sue
Sue

July 31, 2015

classic jeans shorts go with everything but I think I would pair them with the cool looking sorrento top. even our doll friends need cool clothes in this heat.

Karen Bastin
Karen Bastin

July 31, 2015

Love these shorts!!! The light colored demin and the bling and decortive stitching makes them just AWESOME!!!

Patti Z
Patti Z

July 31, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with us today. I think these shorts would look really cute with the Summer Breeze top from Doll Tag Clothing.

Carrie
Carrie

July 31, 2015

These would be adorable with any casual shirt, or worn over a swim suit for beach attire!

Jane Whiteley
Jane Whiteley

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with the printed Off-the-Shoulder Tee featured in a previous tutorial, plus a tank.

Barb
Barb

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really good with the Roebuck Bay lace back top!

pat c.
pat c.

July 31, 2015

these shorts would look great with the off the shoulder tee shirt

Diane
Diane

July 31, 2015

Really would look cute with a halter top.

Peggy
Peggy

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts will look really cute with a sleeveless button up shirt in white with silver studs for the buttons.

Doreen
Doreen

July 31, 2015

The shorts would look great with a cropped top or any of your tops. Even a bikini top at the beach

Kris Blakla
Kris Blakla

July 31, 2015

I think the shorts would look great with a shorty top.

Diana Scott
Diana Scott

July 31, 2015

These shorts could be worn with any of your top patterns you offer,these shorts are very verstial,the embellishment and stitching detail are awesome ,so “in”,so stylish in today’s fashion.
Thanks for the easy tutorial .

Bekah
Bekah

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a lace overlay floral top!

Rachel Koppleberger
Rachel Koppleberger

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look great with a green or white t-shirt or tank-top.

Judi Wilson
Judi Wilson

July 31, 2015

I think these cute shorts would look great paired with a white cropped top with a sweetheart neckline. Like in the Town and Country crop top pattern.

I have been hoping for a way to put zippers in jeans. Thank you so much for the great tutorial

Sue Myers
Sue Myers

July 31, 2015

Definitely calls for a halter top. Then the shorts could look really cool. Love the infi you share with us.

Diane
Diane

July 31, 2015

What a cute pair of shorts!!!

Betsey
Betsey

July 31, 2015

I think these shorts would look really cute with a dressy western/cowgirl shirt.

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