Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Exposed Zipper Top

Exposed or raw zipper elements seem to be everywhere this season.  I jazzed up a plain long-sleeved tee by adding a zipper to it, and it is anything but tricky!

This knit tee was the perfect blank canvas.

You can find zippers at any craft store (sometimes you can even buy the zipper by the yard and then buy the pulls separately).

Use a ruler to determine where the middle of the shirt is and place the zipper there.  (I wanted the zipper on the back of the shirt, but you could place it on the front if you like.)

Pin the zipper to the shirt making sure to only stick the pins through the one layer of the shirt.  (That way when you sew it on, you won't be sewing the two sides of the shirt together.)

Use the teeth of the zipper as the guide for the foot of the sewing machine.  Keeping the foot along the side of the teeth will ensure that you're sewing in a straight line.  As you sew, make sure to keep the shirt as smooth as possible so that it will lay nicely.  (Of course, if the shirt does bunch up, you can always use a seam ripper and start over.)

After sewing both sides of zipper to the shirt, bend the raw edges over the top of the collar and sew them.

At the bottom, cut the excess zipper.

Use the same step as above to secure the bottom part of the zipper to the shirt.

For an extra detail, add a ribbon to the pull (even though the zipper isn't actually functional, it can at least look that way).

The zipper adds that on-trend detail to the top that is just too fun.  It's such a fast project too.  I whipped this up in just one afternoon. 

~Beaucoup de Bisous~


  1. Wow very cool! I was just admiring a top like this at Zara :) Thank you for the tutorial!

  2. You're welcome :) glad you like it! If you try it out please send pics!!! I'd love to see your finished product!


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