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CTE/Family & Consumer Sciences Education Curriculum Apparel Design and Production II
Lesson Plans

Strand 4

Students will use correct sewing construction techniques at the intermediate level.

Standard 7

Identify each of the following zipper applications, and construct one or more: centered, lapped, fly, exposed/sport, invisible.

Centered zippers are found on a variety of garments, including dresses, skirts and pants. Centered zippers align the seam over the zipper teeth and the zipper tape is covered by symmetrical overlaps on each side. Parallel lines of topstitching flank the seam.
Lapped zippers are sewn to completely hide the zipper under a flap of fabric, and are found in skirts, pants, and center backs of dresses.
Fly zippers are used in pants. Women's garments lap right over left, and men's garments lap left over right.
Exposed zippers are sewn directly on the outside of the garment. The zipper tape becomes a decorative feature. When installing an exposed zipper, turn the seam allowances to the right side, topstitch the zipper over the seam allowance to cover the fabric edge.
Invisible zippers, when inserted correctly, are unnoticeable except for the zipper pull. They are incredibly flexible and soft, making them ideal for fine fabrics.

*See Apparel Design and Prouduction II (pdf) for illustration


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