How to sew a zipper fly
This post is a visual help to complement the sewing instructions for our PDF sewing pattern for boys and men's Pants and Shorts #2107. We use bright fabrics with contrast thread to help you better visualize each step. In order to have smaller pieces on the photos, we show you the front pieces that have not been sewn to the back.
Getting your front pieces ready
The very first step before you start your project is to transfer all markings onto the fabric. The most important mark for the fly is the dot you will find at the front crotch, just above the curve. Make sure it is visible on the wrong side of your front pieces:
You can finish the edges with your serger before sewing to minimize fraying.
Front crotch seam and fly facing
At step 23 of your sewing instructions, pin and stitch front pieces together, from the crotch mark to the inseam, 1 cm (3/8'') from edge:
Mark or clip your fabric 1.5 cm (5/8'') from edge, at top edge (step 24). This indicates your center front, where your fronts will meet at the end. Use your paper pattern as a reference to transfer the mark:
Pin right side of fly facing to right side of left front and stitch, from the waist mark to the crotch mark (where your crotch seam starts) (step 25):
View from wrong side:
Open, bring seam allowance towards the facing and understitch (stitch close to the seam) (step 27).
Inserting the zipper
Pin zipper, face down onto right side of right front (the front piece without facing), with the zipper stop at the mark, and stitch on the zipper tape, stopping when you reach the bottom stop (step 29):
Bring left front over the zipper, its edge against the mark on right front piece (step 30):
Pin close to the mark, through all layers (step 31):
Bring left front right sides together with right front to expose the zipper and facing. Pin the zipper and facing to keep them together. Then, flip your pieces so that the zipper is on top, as you can see on the second photo:
Stitch on the wrong side of the zipper tape, through the zipper tape and facing and stopping when you reach the bottom stop (step 31):
Fold up the zipper tape so it does not get caught in the topstitching later (step 33):
Topstitching the fly and adding the fly shield
On the right side of left front, trace your topstitching line with tailor chalk or soluble marker. Start with a straight line, 3 cm (1 1/8'') from center front and finish with a curve that will end at center front. Topstitch on the line, through all layers, then remove the pin.
Fold the fly shield lengthwise, right sides together, stitch across the end and clip the corner (fold) (steps 36-37):
Turn right side out, press and topstitch along the fold (step 38). You can finish the raw edge with your serger:
Pin the zipper to the fly shield, raw/serged edges together (step 39). At this step, the zipper is sandwiched between the fly shield and fly facing:
Baste with a zigzag first and then sew with a straight stitch (step 40) through all layers:
Open the zipper and baste with a straight stitch as shown in the photo below, 1 cm (3/8'') from top edge to create a temporary stop (steps 41-42). The photo shows the first stitch. Repeat for left front:
Cut excess zipper and sew two bar tacks (steps 43-44).
We hope this will give you the confidence you need to tackle a sewing project for pants, jeans, trousers with a zipper fly. The sewing technique used in other pants patterns like the women's 2908 - Stretch Jeans Pattern or 2909 - Classic trousers pattern may differ.
Keep in mind that you can, before buying any Jalie sewing pattern, access and read the instructions to see which techniques are used. Simply click "View Instructions" under "Details, Sizing and Instruction" on any pattern page.
Whenever in doubt, don't hesitate to contact us or share photos of where you are stuck in our positive and helpful sewing group on Facebook.
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