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Date: 3/17/13 3:41 AM

Hi Everyone,

I hope this is the right area to post this question in...

There is a question that I have been pondering for a long time now about closures. It seems to me that in Europe, the women's style closure (right over left) and the men's style closure (left over right) are very strictly adhered to and is considered to be a rule for sewing. (Both my Dad (who sews) and my Mom (who doesn't sew) would always emphasize it.)

In the U.S., I have noticed that even in sewing magazines, occasionally, some pictures show a reverse closure compared to what I would expect based on the "rule."

I suppose it could be just that they flipped the photo. Or is there some history behind the "rule" being a little more flexible in the U.S., that I am not aware of?

I would love to learn more about this. Thanks for any insight!
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Date: 3/17/13 4:02 AM

Because this is America! *insert screeching bald eagle with a waving flag in the background*
I had no idea it was so adhered to in Europe, but now that I do, I'm curious about the difference as well.
I've only ever seen jeans flys go left over right, regardless of gender, but I've seen women's slacks go both ways. It seems that the blouse closure of right over left is still followed pretty regularly.
If I had to guess I'd say it's because it's cheaper/easier to just sew all the closures one way regardless of gender, but again that's just a guess.

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Date: 3/17/13 1:18 PM

Napoleon.

Supposedly Napoleon was left handed. Even in the winter he needed his hand free, so he could put only his right hand inside his jacket to keep it warm.

Women had dressers. It was easier for the dresser to button clothes on someone else if the garment lapped in the opposite direction of men.

That was from a historian. You can have your closure go either way, but it does look odd to me to have clothes lap in the opposite direction I'm used to seeing them. It also looks odd to me to see lefties doing something with the opposite hand, and I'm a leftie!

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Date: 3/19/13 10:49 AM

Thank you, GIButterfly! That's so interesting! I like learning about things like that. Thanks for sharing!

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Date: 3/19/13 10:54 AM

How fascinating is that?!? Thank you, GIButterfly, for responding. It's so interesting to learn these little factoids.

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