Except the kind of pucker I am dealing with is not so pleasing.
My side seam zippers are puckering at the bottom.
Unless I tell every pattern with side seam zips to kiss off, I will have to confront this problem.
But I have sewing amnesia.
I don’t remember being bothered by unsuccessful side seam zips in the past, but come to think of it, they are a distant memory. I have avoided the side seam zipper for years. Not intentionally. I have grown so disgusted with pants patterns that I have not needed a side seam zipper since I haven’t gotten beyond a muslin in pants fitting. On skirts I like to use a back zip because my waistline fluctuates and it easy to nip in at the sides without dealing with the side zipper.
Times have changed. I have a pants pattern that I like and I need to make a side seam zip in a closely fitting garment.
But I am perplexed as to why they are puckering at the bottom.
Yes – I have interfaced.
I do have a standard side seam pattern alteration. My hips are much straighter than most patterns so I eliminate much of the curve. I thought that would make zipper insertion easier. It hasn’t.
Is there a trick to side seam zippers?
Has anyone else confronted and solved the pucker problem?
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