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Zipper Stuck in a New Dress 
7th-Jun-2012 12:30 pm
Alice Game
I've recently received my new AATP Secret Between Alice and the Clocktower JSK and finally got around to trying it on just a few moment ago. I noticed when I tried to unzip the dress the first time it got stuck a third of the way and somehow I managed with a strong pull got it to unzip the rest of the way. However I am trying to take of the dress and....am completely stuck in the dress... The invisible zipper is completely stuck where I had difficulty before getting it to unzip further. It currently stuck in a place where I can't get the dress past my hips or pull the dress off through my shoulders. This makes me so sad, I'm probably going to not wear this dress as often for fear of getting stuck again once I get out of this dress. Please help! 

*Update:Since I live alone in a small apartment complex. I was able to get the dress off by going to a nearby tailor (with the dress still stuck on me lol) after trying to run a graphite stick on it and some dry soap which still wasn't able to get it moving. They were able to help me contort and pull myself out of the dress (pulling and squeezing with 2 other people helping >_<). The zipper is stuck in a place not at all near the waist line or any seams or large amount of fabric, and it wasn't caught on anything, the zipper just happens to be defective ;_; . Luckily I bought this dress from the Baby San Francisco store so I'll be sending it back soon for them to have it sent to a tailor since it seems to be a manufacturer defect. Thanks for the help and advice everyone!
Comments 
7th-Jun-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
I remember the last time this happened a girl had to sleep in her clothes.

If you have someone to help you, you can try pinching the fabric together above and below where it's stuck, getting fabric on both sides of the zipper, then have your helping friend work on the zipper.

Good luck!
7th-Jun-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
That is pretty sad but for some reason that image makes me laugh. :c
7th-Jun-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a sub plot in a sitcom about lolitas! Omg, I feel terrible laughing. XD
7th-Jun-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Off topic but I would love a lolita sitcom. With that subplot. xD
7th-Jun-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
And that person could be like the wacky character. And every episode they have some awful problem and at the end of the episode it just fixes itself.
7th-Jun-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
That would be the best show.
8th-Jun-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
/starts writing screenplay
7th-Jun-2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
O_O Good luck getting out of the dress!

I once got stuck in one of my dream dresses because of a faulty zipper. LOL It's like I love the dress but I don't want to wear it forever! It was so bad I had to rip the zipper from the dress since there was no way to get it off and ended up getting it replaced at a local seamstress. That might be an option you can consider if you like the dress enough and want to wear it often.
7th-Jun-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, if I do a little back and forth with a stuck zipper, the teeth eventually straiten out and gets un-stuck.

Once its off (sorry this won't help you before that), I've heard that rubbing soap on a zipper helps the pull glide easier and minimize sticking.
7th-Jun-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
+1 bar soap or wax

Zippers usually get stuck at the waistline where there's additional fabric bulking up the area you're trying to zip past. I've never had any zippers get stuck but pulling in the opposite direction at the top of the zipper to help straighten it out may work. Good luck!
7th-Jun-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Adding another +1.
7th-Jun-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
I've heard running a pencil over the zip can help.
7th-Jun-2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
This. A pencil, or if you have access to it, graphite powder, will help. The only downside it that it can be really messy and get on your dress. We used graphite powder to "grease" the axles of the wooden cars the boy's group my dad helped out with made, and it made metal on wood super slippery, so for something smooth like a zipper, if you can get it in there, it will get really slick.

So, if you haven't tried this yet, before you resort to pencils or anything else messy:
I find that invisible zips get stuck at seams a lot. If that is the case, try lessening the tension horizontally by moving the fabric to the left and right sides of the zipper closer together (basically so it's not being pulled tight side-to-side) and hold the fabric below the zipper taunt (so like, pull down on the track of the zipper so it's very straight). Move the zipper back up a little, keeping it taunt top-to-bottom, then try to move it down again in a fluid motion.
7th-Jun-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
no help here but i consistently have this issue with my baby/aatp dresses...in fact last night i was trying one on and i didn't bother zipping it completely up (i don't have people to help me and it's oddly difficult to zip up on the side haha) but after i took it off and tried to zip it back up and put it on hanger, it wouldn't zip up even though i'm not even wearing it! x____x i remember when i tried on that jsk in store as well, the girl had a massive hard time getting it to zip up (and for once i'm not forcing myself into a jsk, the jsk's sizing is VERY generous). Baby/aatp seems to have cheap zippers that have odd movement right at the waist cutoff. it's annoying and certainly not what i consider brand quality. -_-;;
7th-Jun-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
my friend had this happen to her about a month ago in BL dress. she had to pop the zipper apart. the teeth decided to unwind themselves from the fabric portion and the closure slide thingy caught onto the fabric and twisted itself stuck somehow. and it was right at her waist too. i had to replace the zipper for her. sometimes zippers do that.
7th-Jun-2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Every Bodyline piece I own I've had to replace the zipper on, like right after I get them too.
7th-Jun-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Have you checked if it is caught in the lining of the dress or on a ribbon? (You know, some garmants have those thin, long ribbon loops sewn in, meant to give you an easier way to hang them?) I have an offbrand, non-lolita dress (Although it does kind of look like a jsk. From Tripp, for the curious) and the back zipper ALWAYS gets caught in the lining. Generally, I just have to lower the zipper again, remove the lining from the path of the zipper, and then raise it.

Also, once I got the ribbon straps stuck in the zipper on a Bodyline skirt, and my best friend ended up having to rip the zipper out to get the ribbon out. I had to wear my skirt with safety pins in it for the rest of the day because it was the very beginning of the school day. It was easy to fix after, though.
7th-Jun-2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Once you get it off, you may want to get it professionally replaced, so that you can wear it without fear! But yes, Baby has notoriously bad zippers.
7th-Jun-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Fortunately I havent gotten that issue with baby dresses yet, but angelic pretty is the worst with zippers, god how I felt bad or fat because I couldnt zip them all the way. I only pray to god when I have to go to a meet that I can zip the dress i already altered and changed the zippers of some dresses :P
7th-Jun-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Try using pencil lead (the higher the B content and therefore higher the graphite, the better), tailor's chalk, candlewax, dry bar soap... if you're really desperate, try using hand lotion or hand cream (make sure to thread a wire or string through the zipper pull because you won't be able to hold on to the zipper afterwards).

The last time I remember this happened, a girl went around uni with her stuck zipper halfway up/down because she couldn't move it up or down. I think she got out in like 2 hours or something and especially made a post to tell everyone.
7th-Jun-2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Is there someone helping you try to get it unzipped? It's a lot easier if you hold one side, they hold the other side and also pull on the zipper. Try wiggling it up and down some, and like the person above said, make sure fabric's not stuck in the zipper.
That happened to me a couple times, lolita and not lolita. One time and the zipper broke, but 2 other times it didn't.
Good luck!
8th-Jun-2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Wax paper is another alternative. Just fold a small piece in half twice, then sandwich one side of the open zipper between and run along it. Then repeat on the other side. A place I used to work at used it on all the zippers to help them run smoothly and there's no mess like candles or graphite.

Edited at 2012-06-08 04:49 am (UTC)
8th-Jun-2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
That happened to a friend of mine! She got the zipper stuck in an AP dress. I think we ended up forcing the zipper to get her out of it and it warped the plastic teeth. My mum was able to replace the zipper so if it's a favorite dress of yours I highly recommend getting a seamstress to replace the zipper with a more durable one.
8th-Jun-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
This also happened to me before, but the zip was jammed in another piece of fabric. Thankfully I was staying with my parents at the time. My family was surrounding me arguing how to get the zip unjammed. XD They eventually did after 30 minutes, that was nearly a year ago and they still mock me for it. :/ :3
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