A glutton for buttons

Whilst visiting family this weekend, I was presented with a large biscuit tin filled to the brim with buttons and told to help myself to whatever I wanted!  How exciting is that?  I mean, everyone loves buttons, right? *

Of course, I was straight in there, tipping the contents out, rummaging, sorting, squirrelling.  I commandeered the dining room table for a good couple of hours.

I managed to restrain myself quite well and only came away with a small selection for myself.  I’m really pleased with my haul, and can’t wait to upcycle my new old buttons and put to use once more!  I came away with entire sets of some buttons.  Some of them are probably old enough to be called ‘vintage’.  Just look at how beautiful some of them are!

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I certainly know where to go first whenever I need buttons.

Ooh, and while we’re talking of buttons, did I ever show off the cute anchor buttons on my Madeleine skirt?


I got them from Textile Garden, who stock every button you could ever dream of.  It’s the little details like this that make sewing so fun!

* Actually, I know that to be wrong.  I have a friend who is scared of buttons, and apparently she’s not alone in suffering this tragic affliction!  Can you imagine?  My research tells me that if you have a fear of buttons, you have – prepare yourselves, now – koumpounophobia.  Rumour has it that Steve Jobs’ fear of buttons was so severe that it led to the invention of the small object we now call the iPhone (other smartphones are available!).  Don’t believe me?   Look it up and amaze yourselves.  😀



My recent foray into dressmaking has inspired me to put some words down on the subject.

I’ve always loved vintage clothes, but honestly, who has time to comb through rails and rails of clothing in vintage shops?  Sadly, that’s something I only get to do on odd occasions.  And I am already far too old for most high street fashion.  It’s all belly tops, neon colours and miniskirts – no, thank you.  What better way is there to get the clothes you want than to make them yourself?

I’m very new to dressmaking.  I started only three months ago when a couple of friends and I decided to sign up for a Dressmaking for Beginners course at Sunderland College.

There we are – the three mus-skirt-eers!  Left to right, Rachel, Rachael (yes, it does get confusing!) and myself.

A mere nine weeks later and presto, I had my very first handmade skirt – magical! And now, well, I just can’t get enough of sewing.  I’ve spent break times and lunch times browsing sewing blogs and websites, musing over fabrics and patterns, and planning future projects.  I’ve moved straight on to skirt number two and I’ve signed up to a weekly sewing bee at the Centre Front Studio in Wallsend.  Dan and Rory, the instructors, have been fantastic! They’ve turned three absolute beginners into expert (?) dressmakers in a matter of weeks.  Well, a couple of months really, but still…

In this blog, I’ll record my progress with dressmaking, starting from the very beginning.  I’ll try to take you through the ups and downs of learning to make your very own clothes.  My ups and downs, at least.  I’ll tell you about new things I’ve tried as I learn them, blog about stuff I think might be interesting, and of course, post pictures of anything I make (whether it’s a success or not).

And maybe I’ll persuade a few others to give this a try, too!