It all worked out, but here's what I was dealing with. The pic below shows the thickness of the rippled jacquard fabric.
|Though my lens isn't exactly level with the quarter, you can still get an idea of how thick this fabric is.|
What I love about my rippled jacquard is that it's full of air pockets, which makes it warm, and the fabric is enormously squishable, if that's a real word. There's no problem with running this material through my serger or sewing machine. Getting it to hold a crease for zipper insertion, however, is undoable. Even basting the "folded" edge first, before inserting the zipper, did not give me the desired look. Eventually, after a couple of false starts, as you can see in the top pic, I was able to insert the separating zipper into the jacket with a facing. Once I figured out the method, the procedure went easily.
As I mentioned in my first zipper post, I went with the "zipper sandwich" method. Here's the step-by-step of how I did it.
Step 1. Serge the edges where the zipper will be inserted. (I'm sure a zigzag would have worked here, so long as you don't stretch the edges.)
Step 2. Determine the placement of the zipper and mark top and bottom with pins on one side of garment.
Step 3. Make the zipper sandwich.
- Bottom layer -- Garment fabric is right side up.
- Zipper layer -- Zipper is right side down. (Garment fabric and zipper are right sides together.) Edge of zipper tape is lined up with edge of garment, teeth point away from edge.
- Top layer -- Facing is right side down. (Garment fabric and facing are right sides together with zipper sandwiched in between.)
Step 4. Pin layers in place and baste. Glue basting did not work with the this highly textured garment fabric. My machine basting was sloppy. Hand basting did the trick this time.
Step 5. Remove pins and turn facing to the inside of garment and check positioning of zipper. (Redo sloppy section, if necessary. ;) )
Step 6. Assemble the zipper. Place in position and pin to other side of garment. Mark placement for top and bottom of zipper.
Step 7. Unzip zipper and start the zipper sandwich on second side. (Repeat Steps 3 - 5)
Step 8. With sewing machine, sew through all layers (facing, zipper, and garment) on each side, next to basting and close to the edge.
Step 9. Turn and steam well. Remove basting stitches.
I'm pleased with the zipper and will use this method again, even if the fabric isn't so thick.