Summer is in full swing, and I can't help but notice the charming women's sewing patterns designed for this hot weather season. These simpler styles rely on classic lines and a less fussy construction. It's easy to picture these dresses in soft, unprinted linens.
|This is where my buttons live.
|These Debbie Mumm buttons upped
the cute quotient on this baby sweater.
|Sometimes the ideas start with the buttons.|
Even though the simplicity of these dresses intrigues me, the one place I would add a little bit of splash is with the buttons.
When I first started sewing, I bought the buttons at the same time I bought the fabric–holding up an edge of the yardage to get a good color match.
Then I switched to completing the garment and taking it to the store to see what buttons complemented it. The buttons that looked good against a flat edge of fabric weren't always the best choice when the dress or blouse had become dimensional. The pattern may have called for seven ½" buttons, but when taking into account everything about the fit and style, five ¾" buttons may have been the better choice.
These days, I'm working from another system–and this method does have a little edge of danger attached to it. Now I buy buttons that I love and display them in my studio. I'm fairly confident that when I finish a project, the perfect buttons will already be at hand. The danger? I now have a lot of buttons! (But, not too many…) I pick them up on travels, at estate sales, and at my local fabric store.
I like my little button board–and I since I do use these buttons, the inspiration this board provides constantly changes.
So now I just have to find the perfect dress pattern to go with those Roman coin buttons that I found at the Kane County Flea Market.
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My buttons are currently on a bulletin board–although I do have a Mason jar as well. How do you keep track of your buttons? Jar? Bowl? Board? We'd love to know.
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