The commoners of England revolted against the
brooches. The cold inhospitable climate, physically hard work culture
demanded heavy, tight fitting clothes and a tough fastener. Brooches
were not practical. The rusty metal used for claps also punctured
The English Commoner had enough. Necessities always being the mother
of invention, eyelets were developed. The eyelets were sewed into
their pants and shirts. Into these eyelets they laced string or
thin cord, which held the garment tightly together.