Recently, I received a box of sewing notions which included a bunch of zippers. There are plenty of things I am not good at, mastering the art of sewing in a zipper is one of them!
In fact, I think that is why I am addicted to apron making, since it is “zipper free”. When I saw this fun little cuff made out of zippers I totally jumped at the chance to use a few from my colorful stash.
I think teaching our kids to be creative with what we have is a great lesson…even if it happens to be a few zippers!
A little history on the Zipper.
|The popular ‘zipper’ name came from the B. F. Goodrich Company, when they decided to use Gideon Sundbeck’s “separable fastener” that he had invented and patented in 1917. There wasn’t much success in using the modern day zipper until B.F Goodrich applied the closure on a new type of rubber boots or galoshes and renamed the device the “zipper”. Boots and tobacco pouches with a zippered closure were the two chief uses of the zipper during its early years. It took twenty more years to convince the fashion industry to seriously promote the novel closure on garments.In the 1930’s, a sales campaign began for children’s clothing featuring zippers. The campaign praised zippers for promoting self-reliance in young children by making it possible for them to dress in self-help clothing.
The zipper beat the button in the 1937 in the “Battle of the Fly,” when French fashion designers raved over zippers in men’s trousers. Esquire magazine declared the zipper the “Newest Tailoring Idea for Men” and among the zippered fly’s many virtues was that it would exclude “The Possibility of Unintentional and Embarrassing Disarray.” Obviously, the new zippered trouser owners had not yet discovered the experience of forgetting to zip-up.
There it is… a bit of Zipper history!