Jul 17, 2012
Friends, in your opinion, what kind of buttons look best on a blue linen blazer?
I can't believe I'm at the button stage but I am, or at least, I almost am. I still have to insert my sleeve linings and finish my cuffs, but the main lining is in. Admittedly, the areas around those double vents have a bit of the Frankenstein's monster about them; my hand sewing skills aren't what they might be. But it does hang correctly.
So let's talk buttons -- and buttonholes. You might think that for a jacket like this, I'd splurge and have my buttonholes done professionally at a place like Jonathan Embroidery. Well I thought about it and decided to do it myself. I tested buttonholes using my regular vintage Singer buttonholer and an even older Singer buttonholer that doesn't use templates (see below). The older one allows me to control not only the width of the stitch, but also stitch density and the space that makes up the buttonhole itself.
You can make the space just narrow enough to cut without cutting into the stitches, leaving a buttonhole that looks very clean. I found I got the best results using Mettler thread up top and silk in my bobbin. Standard Coats & Clark looked a little coarse in comparison. You wouldn't believe how smoothly this buttonholer runs! (Maybe I'll make a video.)
(I just discovered someone on Etsy is selling three buttonholer attachments -- including this one -- for just $18!)
As far as buttons go, well, I experimented with plastic and it looks kind of cheap -- and boring. I'm not a brass button person, but I do like a dull silver or nickle button, so maybe I'll opt for something like that.
What do you think of a white/tan button? Too limiting, too dandy?
Most of what you see is an innocuous matching button. Maybe that's best.
In closing, setting aside brass buttons, what other sort of button would you put on a navy blue blazer? Remember, it's linen, relatively casual, and for summer only.
Another hot day here but I may hustle my butt up to the button store regardless. Maybe I'll see you there!
Have a great day, everybody!