Hot! Vintage Handkerchief Buttons

Oh, these buttons deserve a post of their own! I scored them for $2 at Alameda and I'm completely in love with them. Now, how should I use them? I'm thinking they'd look great on a 1930s blouse. What do you think?

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Do you knit? They’d look so sweet on a cardigan too.

  2. Oh my goodness, how pretty! I’d say a pretty tiny floral pattern or light solid-colored blouse. Or yes, swapping them out on a worthy cardigan!

  3. definitely a blouse. Maybe even something sheer or very plain so the buttons just pop :)

  4. Very cool! I thought they were bananas at first haha

  5. Oh yes! 1930’s outfit for sure! So adorable!!!

  6. margueritedesigns

    Definitely a blouse, or as Michelle says, they’d look great on something knitted.

  7. If only they still made gorgeous buttons like that. I think a delicate blouse is calling for those buttons!

  8. judy roberson

    Oh…so pretty.. Definitely a blouse.. Cant wait to see ,what you use them for? Happy Sewing.

  9. Right, that does it, I’m coming to Alameda! You always come up with such incredible finds, seriously, the savings I’d make on fabric and notions would cover the cross-atlantic flight! Awesome, awesome buttons.
    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage

  10. Adorable! These would be great on a blouse that buttons in back, and would get much more attention that way. I think the Sencha blouse from Colette patterns buttons up the back?