Vintage Buttons from Wayward

Readers,

Souvenirs of Wayward, the vintage haberdashery store in St. Leonards On Sea, a little town on the English Channel.

Souvenirs of Wayward, the vintage haberdashery store in St. Leonards On Sea, a little town on the English Channel.

Here are buttons I bought at Wayward, the shop I visited on a day trip out of London last Saturday. They deserve their own post.IMG_5046 (362x460)

I’ve never thought of myself as a collector, but…now I think I’m a collector of vintage buttons. They’re irresistible. (They’re also easier to tote home in a suitcase than fabric.)IMG_5047 (337x460)

I continue to entertain the ever more remote possibility that I’ll use all of the hundreds of vintage buttons in my possession now on jackets and coats. I hate the thought that they’ll stay on their cards for more decades. They should be out being useful and adding everyday beauty and pleasure to the world.IMG_5048 (332x460)

My problem is finding the right buttons for my fabrics or finding fabrics that complement my buttons. I keep trying, though, because when the right elements are brought together it’s very satisfying. The jacket at the top of my home page, which I made from a 1936 McCall pattern, has buttons I was told are Bakelite, although I don’t know for sure. All I know is that they’re just right.IMG_5049 (361x460)

I look at that jacket and at the blue and white linen one I made to use some wonderful Art Deco-era buttons and think they’re two of my favorite sewing successes ever.IMG_5050 (345x460)

Wednesday I fly home from London. Back in the sewing domain I’ll spread out my new purchases and try new combinations with my fabrics and patterns. What will I discover? I’m itching to find out.IMG_5051 (329x460)

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