Inexpensive Repair for a Sweatshirt with a Shrunken Neck Opening

What is the cheapest way to put a zipper in a sweatshirt that doesn't have one? The neck hole has shrunk so much I can hardly get out of it! Any other idea is cool too. I won't spend more than the sweatshirt costs.


By Peg from Boston, MA

February 18, 20110 found this helpful

Buy the cheapest zipper you can find. However, I would probably cut a slip as far down as you want to and then sew some velcro in the slit. Or else just cut a slit and turn the edges over a little bit, then just hand sew to make a little hem.

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February 18, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, the suggestion of a slit is the easiest solution as redhatterb has done. I'd make it look like a modified V-neck. If you don't want the neckline so open you can sew in a piece of fabric to make it look like there's a tee shirt underneath.

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

I would cut off the neck opening binding and add ribbon or trim to hide the cut fabric edge or leave it as is if you like the look.

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

You could cut the ribbing out and make the neck opening larger and replace with new ribbing, bias tape, or a crocheted or knitted cowl neck.

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