I’m not the first to say this, nor will I be the last…but zippers are here to stay (and I don’t mean to simply close pieces of fabric together). From the design studios of Philip Lim, Versace and Balmain to jewelry designers and hobbyists throughout the world, zippers are leaving the seams and taking a prominent place as decorative elements and fashion accessories in their own right.
Everywhere I look, I’m seeing decorative zippers. Here’s a wonderful purse I just saw at J Crew while on vacation that’s showing an exposed zipper edge. Love it!
There are so many ways to get started using zippers in a decorative way, many of them unbelievably easy to accomplish. The trick is to just jump in and get started. At IndygoJunction, we’ve made patterns and supplies available for years that make it easy to use zippers as decorative elements (see the example above from our Art to Wear book) or as fun, casual jewelry.
With this week’s post, I thought I’d try and help you get started. I’ve made an instructional video on how to make a simple flower rosette using zipper yardage. In the video we’ll use the following supplies:
And, while this video is intended as a “beginner” level, instructional video, it certainly took its inspiration from two of our popular zipper patterns, My Garden Zips and our Zipper Jewels. Everything you will learn in this video you can use in these patterns as well.
Finally, I’d like to directly help two people get started by giving away two zipper accessory sets to two of my commenters. Each winner will receive one Classic Zipper Accents package (zipper yardage), one Vintage Zipper Accents package (zipper yardage) and one each of the “My Garden Zips” and our “Zipper Jewels” patterns. Just let me know how you would use zippers to enhance your projects by 9:30am EST on Friday, April 1st for your chance to win!
FYI: Following us on Facebook is a great way to keep up on new patterns, books and supplies. Also, check in at IndygoJunction.com very soon as we’ll be adding a new exposed zipper dress, a new zipper jewelry pattern along with a third collection of Zipper Accents.
Amy Barickman is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop and AmyBarckman.com. She is a leader in the sewing, needle arts and retail crafting industry having sold more than two-million sewing patterns and published 80 books sold throughout the world. Her recent endeavor is the book “Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun”, is already on its third printing since its release in September of 2010. Other best-selling titles include: “Indygo Junction’s Button Ware” and, most recently, “Hankie Style”.