I have to admit I am an invisible zip fan. My philosophy is that unless it is part of the design, a closure should be as discrete as possible, and for this reason I prefer the ‘invisibleness’ of an invisible zip.
When I first started sewing, standard dress zips were all that was available and there was no other option. I constantly struggled with topstitching a straight line down the edge of the zip, especially around the zip pull. My recent adventures with vintage sewing patterns and their charming instruction sheets have brought all those distant memories back!
Do modern sewing patterns still use standard dress zips in their instructions? I don’t actually have any so I don’t know! I notice there are still large numbers of this type of zip in the shops, so somebody is using them. Now that invisible zips are so widely available, I don’t see any advantage in using a standard zip anymore. They are necessary for a fly-front application, but down the back of a dress or a skirt I don’t think anything beats the appearance of an invisible zip.
I do appreciate a traditional handpicked zip like the method pictured above, but only for it’s quaint factor. I would handpick a zip in a vintage style dress purely as an era appropriate design feature. Even though handpicking is a couture method and often considered elite, I still think an invisible zip has a superior appearance.
That’s my opinion – what do you think? Do you still use the standard dress zips, or are you an invisible zip fan too?