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:
- Zip the zipper closed.
- Cut off the top.
- 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 :)