Button, button

11 May

I am not usually one to fuss about buttons.  Since the sad demise of the button wall at Baer fabric, I don’t have a lot of local options for cool buttons, so I buy my buttons at Joanns and deal (I have noticed that they are getting more interesting buttons though!)  Right now I’m working on my gingham blouse, and I’ve decided to add some decorative buttons at the bustline, as one of the views in the pattern shows.  Without the buttons it’s a bit of an endless sea of gingham, and a little plain, so I want to jazz it up.  But I can’t decide between these two sets of buttons, so I’m soliciting opinions!

First option: these adorable red heart buttons.  I have the other button, it’s just off the card.  I don’t usually use unusually shaped buttons, because they are hard to fit in buttonholes, but here it won’t matter!  I love red buttons, and I like the contrast with the green.  But is it too artsy-crafty?

Option two: pearly flower buttons.  A much sweeter, more traditional option.  But is it too sweet?  I don’t want the gingham to be too “daisy mae” you know.  And I wonder about the buttons getting lost on the busy print.

I’m leaning towards the red, but I’d like opinions!

For reference, here is the blouse:

See what I mean about it needing something?  It fits really well though, and took about 10 minutes to sew.  Really excellent pattern (review coming later, with buttons!)

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37 Responses to “Button, button”

  1. Tasia May 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    I pick the red ones! They’re bright and fun, and the contrast adds a focal point on the ‘sea of gingham’ as you called it :)
    But that’s just me. I also love the heart shapes too.

  2. Elizabeth May 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    You know, normally I wouldn’t go for the heart-shaped buttons either, but that red on the gingham looks awesome! Red-heart shaped are my vote!

  3. debbiejo May 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I want to say the pearly ones but the red heart shaped ones just look fabulous next to the gingham!

  4. Tisha May 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    I think the red looks vintage awesome and the pearly ones do look sweet. But I think a red “non-heart-shaped” button would look perfect!

  5. sophia May 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I vote for the red hearts! As much as I like the pearl flowers, the red adds an extra touch of something. Very adorable!

  6. Estella May 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    I vote for the pearly ones.

  7. EmilyW May 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    As much as I love the red with the gingham, I worry the heart shape would be too twee and cutesy.

  8. Susan Davis - Knitters Delight May 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    I want to like the pearly ones, but think the red hearts are a nice, whimsical touch. I’d go for those. Can’t wait to read your review.

  9. Debby May 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    I agree with EmilyW, and would choose the pearl flower buttons between the two.

  10. Musetica May 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi, I am new here and glad to have found your website :)
    I would say that some red flowers would be perfect :) but I think it depends on how you want to wear the blouse: just w/jeans or very casual bottoms, then red hearts; if you would want a wider range of options then the white flowers. If it were me, I’d go w/the flowers.

  11. Erin May 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    I want to like the red hearts but I feel like they would make the top look juvenile.
    I say go with the flowers. They won’t “pop” like the red but will allow you to dress the top up or down depending on when you wear it.

  12. Rebecca in NC May 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    I think the red is fabulous, but maybe not heart-shaped?

  13. trek May 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    I vote for the red hearts – yeah, they are cutesy but in a good way and they “pop” on the b&w gingham.

  14. fridica May 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    I see that what I felt pretty much summarizes what both you and all the commentators think): the red hearts would make it a tad too childish (which doesn’t really seem to be your style in general), the white flowers too serious. I say save these beauties for some future project and find a third option ;)

  15. Rachael May 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    Definitely red, definitely

  16. Lee May 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Definitely red, but definitely not hearts. You want to be retro, but not the cutsie-kewpie-doll kind. Those pearl flowers are perfect – for some other blouse. I’m in awe of your sewing skills.

  17. Andrea May 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    Can you get red, but not heart-shaped buttons? I love the red, but I think the combination of gingham and heart shaped buttons might be just a bit twee. Might as well put your hair in pigtails then.
    I’ve really enjoyed your sewing bender, btw…trying to get inspired to go on one myself.

  18. Marley May 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    I would normally shy away fromt he hearts – not my style, but I think they would be great here.

  19. Jess May 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    As others have said, red + gingham = adorable but red hearts + gingham = a bit too much, in my opinion. I think the pearly buttons look like they have enough sheen to hold their own against the pattern.

  20. Danielle May 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    I vote for the red buttons, so cute!

  21. Susann May 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    I like red but not hearts. That is too little girlish and cute. Pearl ones are good but plain. What about the darker color, black maybe or interesting red ones.

  22. Charlotte May 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi, I am new here also and just started reading your blog, LOVE IT! I would go with the red ones, they will look great on the blouse.

  23. Yarnhog (Suzanne) May 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Oh, the red! Definitely the red.

  24. emma May 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    red hearts!

  25. Niki May 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Go for the red! At least if you don’t like them, you can switch them pretty easily. The white are a little bland, and the shirt is too cute for white buttons!

  26. Ruth May 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Like the idea of red…but not so sure about hearts though….However….follow YOUR ‘heart’ on this – you have great vintage/whimsical style…

  27. Vanessa May 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    The red ones!

  28. Cindy May 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    I like the white ones.

  29. Psycheknits May 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I vote for the red ones, however I think some red fabric covered buttons would be great too!

  30. ali May 12, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    red buttons, definitely the red buttons

  31. betty May 12, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    I vote for the red ones. The white ones would be lost in the gingham.

  32. Roobeedoo May 12, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    It has to be the red ones! If only because I just made a pink gingham blouse with turquoise heaert buttons!

  33. Phyllis May 12, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    I vote for the white buttons.

  34. Giselle May 12, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    The pearly buttons disappear on the gingham fabric, the red ones are much better! Lovely contrast – it’ll make the fabric pop! If you’re not sure about the heart shapes, then get a different set of red ones – any standard shape would be nice. I agree with all the others: save the flower buttons for another project!
    10 minutes to sew? Oh my gosh, I must start sewing again! I’d love to do a project in an hour…

  35. Brandy May 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    I love the red too, but I agree with some of the previous voters that the hearts are more of a child’s button. Your sewing binge has inspired me also, and I am learning so many cool things, I figured out what a muslin is and am now making one for a pair of pants of my own!

  36. Sylvia May 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Is there an option to acquire green buttons? perhaps with the flower shape and pearly effect? They might jazz up the blouse but still remain cohesive.

  37. Ann S May 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    voting for a non heart red button.

    PS – Like the new look of the blog!

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