Friday, March 23, 2012

Zipper Neck!

Again on Pinterest I found this fantastic tutorial.  I can't wait to try this.  Perhaps this Sunday I can get to it!

The site is Trash to Couture and click here for the entire tutorial.

Supplies: Zipper 22 inches or so...

old tshirt or 1 yard fabric.

I am all about casual style, but usually like something to separate my tee from everyone elses. This started in middle school when I took my first sewing class and from their I was refashioning the family's "giveaway pile."

Here is one I designed back then that I recreated for a tutorial. I wanted to share it because it's quite easy, yet still looks amazing! I've never seen anything like it...enjoy!

For this zipper: I know they have double zippers, but they go the other way so you will have to make it like i did. I had a 22 inch one (you can get these at any fabric store). I needed another side so I pried the little stoppers off the end and pulled another zip now it's double sided.

You can use an old tshirt, it doesn't matter what size. Cut the neck ribbing and shoulder/sleeve seams as shown here. You will probably have to cut the sleeves to fit with the length of the zipper or adjust the zipper length if you don't want to finish the sleeves again. You can also cut sleeves off of mens tshirt and it usually fits about right...

If you use fabric: I used a light jersey cotton with a nice drape. I cut 2 pieces of fabric at 22 inches wide (as wide as the zipper). If you want to finish the edges add a 1/4 inch seam allowance. It is 40 inches long to add a cinched waist.

If the fabric is light, I would suggest ironing interfacing to the edges so it wont wave from the zipper.
Sew (front and back) right sides together starting at either end.

Sew the side seams if you used your own fabric. Then cinch the waist like I did here. This will give the shirt some shape.


I really think she did a great jog with this tutorial.  I have been trying to figure out how to make this top for quite a while, and now I know!

Happy Sewing,
Michele P


  1. That is such a neat idea for a unique T. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see what your version looks like.

  2. Hi Michelle, I'm really enjoying your blog and am interested in possibly using your services. Can you please email me at Sorry for posting this in your comments but I don't see any other way of contacting you. I look forward to hearing from you.



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