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Ok so this may be a total dum dum question... but how exactly do you go about omiting a zipper? I hate zippers!

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Do you have a specialpattern in mind? Using a fabric with more stretch is one possibility. Cuting the pattern pieces on the bias also ads a bit of strech but you need more fabric.

Mena (and some others, including me) do this when making a dress.  You just sew up the centre back seam, or side seam, as it may be.  If you can get the dress over your head - you have "passed the Mena test".

Being a pear shaped woman (small bust and waist, large hips) I have decided I can no longer make dresses like this - because I need them to be more fitted at the waist - and then they can't fit over my shoulders.

The sound of stitches popping - not what you want to hear!

I prefer to use a zipper unless the dress is very loose or stretchy.  I have one dress I made years ago - for my wedding actually.  I still have it as a special occasion dress - it's not white and lacy!  It has no zip, but is so hard to get on I need help then am very hot and bothered by the time it's finally on.  I can recommend some easy ways to put zips in if you like.

 

Sarah

I used to hate zippers, too! Ironing invisible ones, sewing close to the edge. Serious loathing. Then I learned how to do a lapped zipper, and it has become a breeze to install them!  I hope this helps you out in some way :)

http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/09/cssa-inserting-the-zipper/

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