It wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be. Which was a good thing because during this past snow storm, his very large Nike parka zipper bit the dust. The jacket is in fine condition though it's at least a decade and a half old, so throwing it out wasn't an option.
But, it's a really long, puffy jacket, like football teams wear on the sidelines, so I didn't think I could handle the zipper.
I thought the zipper was like 48 inches long and I've never seen anything longer than 36" at the fabric store. I asked the local cobbler who does weird things other than mending shoes. He told me that he only does leather jackets and that the nearest tailor won't do zippers if the coat is down. Which I thought it was.
Down, as in down feathers.
When I got home, I measured it and was shocked to discover it's a regular 36" zipper.
But, remembering the great parka redo of 2011, I didn't want to rip out that many seams to replace it.
So, I enlisted the help of k-ster himself and for about an hour, we each took a side and ripped out many seams to get that zipper out.
I had to push all of this aside and change my thread to make this happen, but I'm waiting for more shirts for the band uniforms so I had time anyway.
I put a little velcro at the top of the pocket so he won't lose the phone when he leans forward.
But, it's ready to go and has a fine zipper that is very securely sewn in. I don't do the many, many seams that a factory does when they do a zipper, but I don't expect he will have this for another 10-15 years, so I think we're good.