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Give buttons the boot in favor of a less traditional fastener. Don't get us wrong -- we love buttons (have you seen our book Buttonware?), but maybe it's time to set aside this commonplace closure and try a different technique. C'mon, get snappy! Our Chinois Coat (IJ885) is secured with hidden oversized snaps. This unlined Asian-inspired coat with vintage charm showcases a swing silhouette with long bell sleeves and a stand-up Mandarin collar. The eyes have it. A pair of hook-and-eyes fasten the straps on the eye-catching Uptown Tops & Trousers (IJ821). This playful children's outfit also features circle appliqué jumbo rick rack or ruffled edges and cropped pant with a flat front waistband. You can find hook-and-eyes in brass, nickel and black under the sewing supplies tab on our site. Our Easy Artisan Jacket (IJ726) can be fashioned with a lacing wrapped toggle closure for a fun, funky look or a loosely tied tassel closure for a more elegant finish. This banded, kimono-sleeved jacket includes optional beaded appliqué, a loose fit and adjustable sleeves. Looking for some vintage-inspired closures? We've created this fun vintage PDF download on creating Chinese knots and loops to use as frog closures that will give you inspiration for your next project. Be sure to post some pictures of your knots on our Facebook page!

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