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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
How to: Hiding a Zipper 
18th-Feb-2011 07:07 pm
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Alright, so. I was looking through the memories, even though I already know how to do this, and I didn't come across a tutorial on how to make a hidden zipper. So, I figured I'd go ahead and make one myself.

I'm going to start off with an image that Arito used to try to explain this to me:

The zipper in the image he gave me is a zipper that comes apart, like on a jacket. The ones I use are connected at the bottom, so we're going to work with that.

Start with your zipper, unzip it all the way. This next part is sorta tricky.

- Flip your zipper over so the front is upside down.
- Pin it edge to edge with your fur, make sure you pin it to the FUR SIDE NOT the back of the fur.
- Flip the other side of the zipper around and pin it to the other side of your bodysuit, or wherever this zipper is going.
- Be sure to follow the image, if you pinned it right, it should look just like the image above.

- Note: It's best to sew the zipper while whatever you're installing it into is inside out.
- You are going to sew each side of the zipper twice. Once on the edge of the zipper and fur, again on the teeth side of the zipper, try to sew it as close to the teeth as possible, that is key to having a hidden zipper.

- Once it's sew up, try zipping it up, the fur will get caught, but that will happen because of the fibers, so don't worry, just be patient while zipping and untangle it as you go.

Short pile fur is harder to hide a zipper, but at least it isn't visibly showing.

As for the end of the zipper, I sew that part up, making sure I get as close as I can to the bottom of the zipper so there is no hole in that area. If that makes any sense.

19th-Feb-2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you SO much for this! :D I'm trying to make my first fursuit and this has answered a very important question for me. ^^
19th-Feb-2011 01:50 am (UTC)
That is awesome of you to do the step by step with clear pictures :D I keep seeing "with hidden zipper" everywhere and kept wondering just how to do it.

19th-Feb-2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Good stuff. I do a similar thing and tend to prick myself on the pins. I was showing someone a body suit I was working on at FCN in Gir's suit last year.
19th-Feb-2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
Try using safety pins. ;3
19th-Feb-2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
I could, but I have a lot of straight pins. They're also thinner than safety pins for dealing with things like vinyl.
19th-Feb-2011 04:21 am (UTC)
19th-Feb-2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Sooo.. what are the other ways of sewing on a zipper? If I'm not mistaken, this is the "correct" way, and the only way I've ever known.
19th-Feb-2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Weeeell for those of us who were never taught sewing in general, we just sort of wing it. And screw it up. Yay.
I personally have never seen a zipper installed on anything, so this was definitely a help to me. :0
19th-Feb-2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh lol. Zippers are a pain in the rear anyway. :P
20th-Feb-2011 01:46 am (UTC)
I tried this method on the calico suit I made. The husky I'm making now, I put zipper on the inside of the suit and then went back and trimmed the fur till the edges met exactly. Gotta be careful not to trap any fibers when sewing the zipper in, but I've played around in the bodysuit and the zipper seems invisible so far.
19th-Feb-2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Great! I much needed this!
19th-Feb-2011 10:22 am (UTC)
My hero~ I was actually skimming through the memories just yesterday looking to see if there was a good hidden zipper tutorial.
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