Hi Everyone! Let's talk about - Separating Zippers! If you want to add a higher level of authenticity to a doll garment, then this is the added detail that will make that difference. Tiny separating zippers really make the garment look like a miniature version of the real thing. There are two basic types of separating zippers - nylon coil teeth and metal teeth/pull. The plastic (nylon) style is easier to find and comes in a variety of colors and lengths. It's fairly easy to shorten as well. The metal teeth version will usually need to be bought from a seller that has them specifically for doll scale items. The version you can find at a regular retail shop usually has a pull that is too large (doll scale is size 3 or smaller). In the past we sold these types of zippers through Pixie Faire, but now we've created resource list (posted below) of a few different places you can find them online. Home Sew is carrying the same color and style selection that was formerly available on Pixie Faire, as well as a variety of other notions that recommend. Zipper that Doll carries both plastic and metal, but in a different selection of colors. They also carry a tiny closed end zipper which is great for the smaller dolls (just be sure to purchase the zipper stops!). Zip it (on easy) carries a great selection of colors for both separating and invisible zippers.
In the video posted below, I share with you a method for installing a separating zipper into a lined jacket as well as an example of shortening a metal teeth zipper. I hope this will encourage and inspire you to try something new!
Pattern Overview (designs with invisible zippers):
Separating zippers can be harder to find when shopping for doll size items If you like to shop online, check out these sources:
Week One task:
Next Tuesday - Week 3: Adding a zipper closure...
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