It needed buttons and I didn't have anything (can you believe it?!) in my extensive button stash! And since the jacket needs button jewelry I decided to hit up M&J after work to see if I could find something special. I brought home two choices:
But I was really unhappy with both choices...the buttons kind of melted into the fabric. They are both amazing buttons and I will probably use them on future garments but not exactly what I was looking for. So I remembered that LindsayT did a blog post on Botani Buttons and I decided that I would venture down there at lunchtime and see if I could find something better.
This time though I took the time to look at a few button sites to get a better idea of what kind of button I was looking for...so armed with a picture of the jacket and a few new ideas I took the A train down to Times Square and walked over to 36th Street.
I don't know if I've ever been in Botani Buttons before but people I'm in love! LindsayT did not exaggerate the wonders that is this button shop. It actually reminds me of how the button shops use to look in the district before they started to disappear. The shop has one section totally devoted to handbag fixings, locks in all shapes, sizes and metals, chains, feet...seriously, I have never seen so many different kinds of feet for the bottom of a handbag!
Moving to the next room, I was in button heaven. There are buttons in boxes lining the walls. There are tables of buttons in all shapes, colors, sizes, geometric shapes...*sigh* Natural materials like shell and coconut buttons...plastics in amazing colors...buttons covered in rhinestones...and buttons on rounders like at the craft store...I got a bowl and started to shop...and then I started to edit...cause I went a little crazy! *LOL* I was in button heaven, y'know!
These are the choices that came home with me today:
These golden ones have a scored center
these wooden ones add a nice pop of color
but DD#2 didn't like them on the jacket
and these cranberry domed plastic buttons
One of the choices from today will go on the jacket because I wanted more of a pop of color, something that stood out against the busy fabric of the jacket. But I have to tell you that Botani Buttons will now be my go to shop for buttons. The women in the store were way more helpful than the staff in M&J (which is a constant problem there) it must be me right? No one else gets ignored and basically brushed off when they are being helped, right? Whereas in Botani, they answered questions, looked for prices and offered thoughtful opinions on my button choices. Just how I prefer Daytona Trimmings or Pacific for purchasing trims...I will use Botani for buttons. That other place isn't the only game in town, y'know!
I didn't mean to turn this into a mini rant, I really just wanted you to encourage you to visit Botani the next time you are in the city. Bring a list because any button or finding that you need can be found right here! Two more quick things...and then I'm out. The store is well lit and well organized ~ two really big pluses to me besides the great customer service and outrageous supply. Lastly, not only do they cover buttons and buckles but they dye them to match too! Somehow I missed that fact when I read Lindsay's review.
The jacket will be finished up this weekend and I have a piece of cranberry doubleknit that I want to use to make a dress to go with it. Guess the fact that I have so much in my wardrobe that matches the jacket doesn't matter, does it! *LOL* I need a new piece!
It's a short work week...since this year I took a vacation day for the friday after Thanksgiving and I will be avoiding the Black Friday sales. I will be safely esconced at home working on a sewing project...which one? I haven't a clue...but I will work that out this week...