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Today I was watching my favorite General Hospital soap show on TV.  They
always show the latest in fashions and beautiful dresses.  So one of the
ladies stepped forward and the camera showed the back of her definitely
expensive dress.  The back zipper was exposed, as if you'd pull the back
seams together and place the zipper on top and sew it down.  Anybody else
ever seen anything like this?  I don't know what to say about it, except
that it sure was different!  Don't know if I liked it or not.  Any comments?



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Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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Exteriorly applied zippers, especially big bulky ones, have
been au courant on Project Runway for at least 4 years.  My
own view is that zippers are not "decorative".  Either learn
how to insert a zipper, or use buttons, or snaps, or
Velcro....  ;-)

B



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Exteriorly applied zippers, especially big bulky ones, have
been au courant on Project Runway for at least 4 years.  My
own view is that zippers are not "decorative".  Either learn
how to insert a zipper, or use buttons, or snaps, or
Velcro....  ;-)

B

Yes, it's about time they were over, IMO.  Granny panties with sheer
overlays can go away too.  Speaking of Project Runway -- since whatever
happens can't possibly be any more disappointing than the last three
seasons, I guess I'll pour a glass of wine and tell myself not to take it
too seriously.  As DH says (yes, he watches it too!) it's just a game show.

Iris


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Fashion isn't always rational, sensible, or beautiful. That said, I made
this one:
http://www.burdastyle.de/burda-style/kinder/maedchen-pullover-zopfstrick-maedchen-gr-92-188_pid_307_6532.html
for DD (from a kind of plush with flowers in pinks on a burgundy background)
and I just couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw the outward zipper.
However, there's (fortunately) no Burda pattern police to check if you stick
to their instructions, so I just put it inside. And I made the whole thing
somewhat longer so that DD's kidneys are well covered. Actually, it turned
out to be more like a dress right now, but it will be a nice tunic next
winter. ;-)

U.


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I'm with you.  I cringe when I see zippers used as embellishments on
garments.  And I really hate to see a badly inserted zipper. Especially when
invisible zippers are so easy to do!!!!  :)

Unfortunately, the zipper madness is spreading.  I saw some (way spendy)
pumps at the mall with "flowers" made from zippers on the toe.  They were
like these http://destashification.com/2011/05/28/fabric-roses-how-to-make/
with the teeth of the zippers pointing outwards along the edges of the
petals.  All I could think was how often I would scrape the backs of my
ankles on those zippers!!!


Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.



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DH and I ran away last weekend. ;)  We were waiting to check in and I was
people watching to kill time.  The lady in front of us was a successful
looking executive type.  (Really great, but not over the top shoes.  Coach
leather bag.  Very nice, high quality luggage.  Everything was expensive but
understated.)  She had on a cute (on first glance) sheath dress.  Very nice
black and white color blocking.  Similar to the Stella McCartney dress
that's been making the rounds lately.  She turned her back to me and the
zipper was on the outside of the CB.

To me, it ruined the entire outfit.  It really, honestly made it look like
she had the dress on inside out.  The bottom of the zipper tape was finished
off.  Looked like it was bound with bias tape.  (I didn't want to stare at
her behind so I had to look quick. LOL)  Couldn't see the top of the zipper
tape because her hair covered it.  It was bad enough when I realized the
zipper had been put in exposed.  But somehow, seeing the end of the tape,
even though it was finished, sticking out there just really made it so much
worse.  It would have looked so much nicer if that had been an invisible
zipper.  SOOOOO much nicer.

Blech!!!

But pretty funny that we were just talking about that and I saw that dress.
lol

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.



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Kinda makes me wonder if these people KNOW how to insert zippers.
Barbara in SC



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I **KNEW** it!!!!  Now we not only have to wear tin foil hats, we gotta make
tin foil tights too.  That's gonna be a little warm.  <snort>

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Very welcome!!!

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.



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mamahays wrote:
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Easy-peazie:  http://zapatopi.net/afdb/build.html and
remember, shiny side OUT!  ;-}

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No need for full-body tin foil undies:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/21/underwear-invention-metal-powder-guard-xray-machines /

<beg>

B



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BOOKMARKED!!!!!!  <snort>

I really loved the smashing and the tape.   lol
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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/21/underwear-invention-metal-powder-guard-xray-machines /
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Oh thank goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!  I knew I could count on you, Miss Beverly!!!!
lol
I feel oh so much more secure now.

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.



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mamahays wrote:
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I knew you'd need that!  ;->

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http://www.feelsecure.com.au /

<g>



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I see this a lot on TV shows. I would think you'd have to be very
careful in the application.


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I once thought that sewing a zipper on the outside to keep it off my
skin was a good idea.  I caught the bottom of the zipper in a yoke
seam, and sewed it on with embroidery stitches.  

I *hated* it.  

Finally realized that I never open my jersey for ventilation, and I
didn't need a zipper to put on T-shirts made of similar fabrics, so I
now make jerseys with no zipper.  

Then I switched to linen for hot weather, and need the opening after
all, but I use hook-and-eye tape.  

--
Joy Beeson
joy beeson at comcast dot net
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Tickles me sometimes to be watching an 'old' movie where the costumes are
fastened with fine zipper installation.  Sort of like a teased 50's
hairstyle in a covered wagon setting.  Polly


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My mom broke her wrist about 10 years ago, in midwinter, and I couldn't go
out to help her.

I did go buy some sweatshirts and insert big sports zippers on the forearm,
down into the cuff, on the outside of the sweatshirt, then added mitered
ribbon trims and the like.  Since mom never liked undressing for a doctor,
all she had to do was unzip the sports zipper.

Her orthopod (who must have been really green!) thought it was the best
idea since sliced bread, and took photos of the 20 minute sweatshirt fixes;
two of her friends asked if they could have 'em when she no longer needed
'em and she told them no, and wore them till she died years later.

Personally, I thought they were kinda gaudy.  <g>

Kay




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Kay Lancaster wrote:
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Were they gaudy at night?












http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaudy_Night

;->

I do like your personalization for your Mom.  I did all
sorts of custom work for my father after he was diagnosed
with Parkinson's, anything to make his life easier.

B



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That was a good idea!
Barbara



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On 6/27/2012 3:40 PM, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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Since it was a costume for a TV show, it's quite likely that the zipper
was done that way to facilitate quick costume changes.  Even when a show
it taped, quick changes are necessary because so many other people and
processes depend on efficiency.  Not so much, perhaps, for a
multi-million dollar film production, but soap operas are at the
opposite end of the scale.  Five to ten days of soap opera episodes are
usually done in a single day.
--
Joanne
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The latest Threads has an article on how to install zippers on the
outside -- for some strange reason, the author thinks it's important
to also expose the teeth on the inside -- or, perhaps, just didn't
have enough time and space to describe more than one method.  

My first thought was ew, ecch, yucckers -- but on second thought, an
exposed zipper could be part of a very attractive design on casual
clothing.  

But what the article showed was plain zippers randomly slapped onto
dress-up clothing, in colors that slap you in the face, and they do
*not* "instantly add a modern designer detail to any garment."  

After the way people snickered and snortled at the 70's just for
wearing bright colors, can you imagine what will be made of the teens
for this fad?  

It's a wonderful time to be able to sew.  

--
Joy Beeson
joy beeson at comcast dot net

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The clothing worn now by the teens is wild enough now, with the wild colors
and the  underwear showing!  The colors are OK  but I don't care to check
out their undies!
Barbara in HOT SC



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