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Unread 12-12-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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buttons/zippers for Kaitos coat

Im looking for a method of closing a coat for Kaito from Vocaloid. As you can see in the first reference picture, he has coat similar to a Duster(trench) which is closed at the front just above the naval.

My first thought would to use a zipper, however i'm unsure if that would be the best solution, as their isnt a zipper evident on his coat(see ref two), and the coat I am currently making is tight enough around the neck as it is.

What would be the best way to tackle this problem? I have thought about putting buttons on the inside of it, but I need bring the two front half's as tightly close together as possible.

First Ref: http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...g?t=1292176705

Second Ref: http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...g?t=1292176731
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Unread 12-12-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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You could put in a hidden zipper.

Another option, one I've used myself for a similar style, is to put eyehooks all along the front. If positioned every 2-3 inches it prevents gaping while keeping the garment closed correctly.
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Unread 12-12-2010, 12:42 PM   #3
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This describes my problem with the appearance of Kaito's default costume. I would go with the hidden zipper idea.
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Unread 12-12-2010, 11:17 PM   #4
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1. Hidden zipper. The zipper doesn't have to be an invisible zipper - it's all about how you install it : http://cdn.whipup.net/wp-content/ima...shion_062a.jpg . You can use the blue trim to hide the stitches or blind-stitch it, even.
2. Hook and eye.
3. Button and loop.
4. Have a "fly" panel with regular buttons and holes. The outside will line up, the fly is just underneath.
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Unread 12-14-2010, 06:22 PM   #5
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I would highly suggest using an invisible zipper. Personally, I find them easier to install and feel that the look you are going for would be best suited to it.

I have seen many "hidden" zippers installed as my work as an alteration seamstress and 9 times out of 10 they look horrible and cheapen the look of the garment. The only exception on this would be hoodies. Just make sure if you do go the invisible route that the pulley of the zipper matches the blue of the edging so it will blend in better. Also, by putting in a zipper you have less chance of something like a button or hook and eye popping open.
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