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1/01/2009

BAN Boring BUTTONS !

There are so many interesting buttons available today. So why oh why do we see the same old boring, blah, ho-hum buttons on almost every shirt and blouse?

Economics is one answer. Large shirt manufacturers buy huge volumes of plain boring, ho-hum, blah buttons at an amazingly low cost, and therefore use them....over and over and over again.

Red buttons on a white dress shirt may not make the proper statement in the boardroom, but then again these days...who knows? The example photograph shows a mixed variety of buttons of different size and color against a background of glorious BLUE STRIPED Swiss Cotton shirting fabric.


Brown buttons with blue fabric? Why not? Pewter buttons? Fabulous! Feeling a little daring? Alternate white buttons with mottled gray/white buttons. Wooden buttons are such a wonderful unexpected detail.

Oh, you
like white buttons? Well, so do I! So use white buttons but try using textured ones or buttons of a slightly larger than average size.

C'mon...take a walk on the creative side!

Sewing Notes: Buttons from Fashion Sewing Supply,
"Buttons by the Scoop"...check site for current offerings.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Lori said...

Wonderful ideas, Pam. I am using some of your buttons today on a blouse. I love the button assortment I purchased from you, not to mention the fabulous interfacing. Your great products make my finished garments so much better. Happy New Year.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Pam - I use to work for a button company and believe me the button company wants to sell the manufacturer the costlier, more exciting button...but the mfr. 9 times out of 10 cheaps on the button for cost purposes. I have stories boy do I have stories but suffice it to say that if Wal-Mart pays a few cents for a button on a shirt or dress, hell froze over and we just didn't know it! *LOL* I've heard of them paying a 1/2 cent for a gross of buttons!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Pamela Erny said...

Carolyn....

Oh I know that button manufacturers *make* great buttons....and the reason we don't always see them in RTW is because price drives the market.

Hey, it must have been fun to work for a button company...you are probably set with buttons for life, LOL!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Tany said...

Happy New Year, Pam!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Pam - Mine and several other people's lifetimes! :) It was fun to work for a button mfr. I really learned a lot about the process...and it's a far different process than the garment manufacturing side!

11:28 AM  
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