Zippers: How To Zip Up Your Own Dress

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When God made man, He designed his arms for most all activities and chores.

Men, like women, can use their arms for just about anything in life except a few actions reserved for the opposite sex. One is zipping up a dress.

Zipping up your spouse's dress is simple. Zipping up your own dress can be discouraging, depressing, and stressful.

Women tend to be more flexible and have a greater range of motion in their joints, due to their smaller muscle mass. A woman's ligaments are also more pliable due to the influence of estrogen. This flexibility enables her to easily secure a bra, tie a bow behind her back, or zip up a dress. A man is lucky if he can touch his hands together behind his back at the line parallel to his broad shoulder blades.

I know some "girls" avoid buying a dress with a zipper. They would rather have a dress they can pull over their head or one that zips on the side (but those are few and far between). But don't be distressed. Help is around the corner—or to follow.

I love wearing dresses and didn't want to let a back zipper stand in my way. It only took a little bit of imagination and ingenuity to create the tool I needed to succeed.

For less than 50 cents, you too can make your own zipper puller, which will allow you to wear any dress you desire.

For years, I have used a strong metal hook, which I found in my workbench at home, tied to a long string, to pull my zipper into place. I have also used a safety pin (ouch on the fingers if you are not careful) and string, and a friend recommended a ring zipper pull device, similar to that used by people with disabilities. However, I have found my "homemade" device works the best.

Using any of the three devices is simple and should take no more than two minutes and minimal effort to complete.

The ring zipper puller retails for about $4, but if you are like me, why spend the money?

To Make Your Own Puller:

  1. Buy or find a hook apparatus (one with a circular end) or a large, sturdy safety pin.
  2. Tie a 3-foot or longer string or strong ribbon to the circular end of the hook or pin.
  3. Secure the hook or pin through the hole in the zipper.
  4. Put on the dress.
  5. Hold the string with one hand over your shoulder and with your other hand, hold the top of the dress at the nape of the neck.
  6. Pull straight up. The dress should zip itself completely up.
  7. Remove the hook or pin and you are set to go.

You can reverse the process when taking off the dress.


  • Darryl

    another thing that can be used as a "zipper puller" (as long as it has a hole you can put it into),is an item call a "jack strap" (a small bungee cord). they can be found in any auto parts store,automotive section in a dept. store (aka walmart,kmart,etc.). it stretches as you pull up or down & actually can give you a "boost" w/tight dresses. it's a trick i've been using 4 years! they usaully come in 4 packs & are pretty cheap. (about $2-$4,us).

  • Karen

    What about the "hidden" zippers that SF uses on so many of it's designs now. There is no hole to attach a zipper puller to, just a small slippery little handle. If the dress has layers that the zipper has to pass by, it can be virtually impossible to get them to work. So far two of my SF dresses are unwearable because I simply cannot get the zippers to work. Any thoughts? Thanks/Karen.

  • Angela

    Thank you Carollyn, I feel like a total blonde (which I am by the way) for not figuring this out on my own. I have always struggled with the zippers and wondered why GG could do it and I could not. Makes sense now. I am eager to make my own zipper puller and this really opens up my possibilities in wearable dresses!!
    I am so excited I have a problem in my pink satin and lace pantie gaff ;-)
    I so love everything about SF and my sisters on this site that I CANNOT wait until my wife is gone for a few days to be my REAL feminine self!
    I love you all, and like you, I really want all of my feminine holes to be filled be either you -my sisters or a full time man!
    Hugs and kisses ( I wish for real), Angela

  • Kara

    Wow, how easy is that.. Thanks for the tip☺

  • Rachel

    It's a very easy trick to master, and handy to have when getting a dress on and off.

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