Mrs Bowden’s top tip – so many button types

So  many buttons types of buttons!
Thank you so much to one and all for supporting the Festival of Fabric on Saturday.  It was very busy day with a heaving trading hall, particularly in the morning, piles of fabric, threads, patterns and yarns not to mention the buttons – my oh my, the buttons.

It’s the buttons which have inspired this week’s little missive.

Once you scratch the surface you can discover a whole world of definitions and information and this humble fastening.

I thought you might find it useful to have the common use names of different buttons to assist you in future purchasing!

On the left we have a 2 hole flat button, on the right a 4 hole flat button – pretty self explanatory right!
On the left is a flat shank button – this means it has a loop (this one is metal) through which the button is attached to the cloth and the surface ofthe button is flat.

On the right we have two examples of quarter shank buttons – they still have the loops to sew through but are also slightly domed.

This is a half shank button which has the loop but if you imagine cutting an orange in half it’s the shape you would end up with.
Here we have the top and bottom of a full shank button – like a little ball with holes to sew through which is moulded into the actual button.

So now you know the difference between a flat button and shanked button!

To finish off here is a cute dress made from a Simplicity repro pattern number 1459 made out of button printed fabric.  I used 2 hole mother of pearl flat buttons down the bodice front.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have this useful.  Do make a note in your diary for the next Festival of Fabric, 3rd March 2018 at The Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

Until next time,

in stitches,

Mrs Bowden x

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