DIY Winter Coat Maternity Extension Panel

I have a ski jacket that fits my belly perfectly right now, but that won’t be true much longer, so I decided to transform my other winter coat with a removable panel. I thought it would be a waste to buy a maternity coat given I only have 2 months to go.

The only problem I had was finding a zipper that was compatible with the coat’s current zipper. Apparently, US-made clothing use left-handed zippers (the slider on the left). However, in Canada, we only have the right-handed zippers in stores. Luckily the brand of zipper I bought (YYZ Vislon) can be adjusted since the teeth are the same on both sides.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Zip the zipper closed.
  2. Cut off the top.
  3. Slip the slider back on the zipper facing backwards.


And there you have it. The slider is now on the left-side, making it a left-handed zipper.

Here’s the panel made of micro-fleece and lined with a wind-resistant fabric.


And here’s me wearing my new maternity coat :)


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