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October 15, 2006

Double Buttons for a Whole New Look

Filed under: Embellishment — Gorgeous Things @ 11:13 am

When visiting New York City last week with Barbara, Carolyn and Stacey, I set off to M&J trims on a quest for buttons for my Vogue 8307 coat. It requires three 2 inch buttons, and I made the coat from a mossy camel hair. I wanted something striking. M&J is THE place to find striking trims. You’ll pay for them, but you will find what you are looking for. I saw lots of buttons, but none struck me as just right – the ones that were striking weren’t large enough, and the large buttons weren’t quite right. Then Carolyn (or was it Barbara?) suggested doubling up on buttons. Eureka! We had lots of fun pulling out buttons and piling them on top of one another. Finally we came up with this combination:

Individually, they are both nice, but kind of ‘meh’. The bottom button is a 2″ dyed green mother of pearl, the top is a plastic iridescent green and gold shank style button. Put them together, and you get a very hot looking button closure:

If you need a creative closure choice, doubling up buttons gives you a whole new palate to work with. It’s easy, it isn’t much more expensive, and it gives you a great custom finish.

Happy sewing.



  1. Great idea! So simple, it makes you wonder why you didn’t think of it before. Thanks for the tip.

    Comment by Georgene — October 15, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

  2. That is a great idea! They look wonderful.

    Comment by Gigi — October 15, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

  3. IFabulous! I love compound buttons.

    Comment by Phyllis — October 15, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

  4. Fantastic! Maybe this will work for American Beauty . . . .

    Comment by Summerset — October 15, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

  5. Great idea, the new button you made looks fantastic.

    Comment by Els — October 15, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

  6. Love the combo, looks wonerful. How did you sew the resultant button on since you appear to have covered the holes on the bottom button. Did the upper button have a shank?

    Comment by Nancy — October 16, 2006 @ 7:14 am

  7. Great idea!! I have lots of “meh” buttons that could use a little something more. I’ll have lots of fun now trying out the different combinations. Thanks!

    Comment by Irene Q. — October 16, 2006 @ 7:35 am

  8. Nancy, the top button is, indeed, a shank button. I should have mentioned that in the post (I’ll go back and change it).

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — October 16, 2006 @ 8:41 am

  9. Ann-I love your button idea. What a great way to make unique button designs. I will now look at my buttons in a whole new way.

    Comment by Linda — October 19, 2006 @ 5:18 am

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