If I had to do conventional zippers -- or constantly find patterns that didn't require them, it would probably put me off sewing completely -- and that's a shame because I love being able to make my own clothes, have something I know is truly one of a kind ---> and that I can have it fit my way.
(I'm such a control freak!!) ---> There, I said it, so you didn't have to. Stop thinking it now. Ok?