As I was drafting a recent pattern (the shirt dress pattern which is about to be put through its paces by my wonderful team of testers), I found myself hesitating over which way the buttons should go – EVERY TIME I sewed a new sample.
I have obviously been buttoning myself up successfully for *cough* many years, but still, I can never remember which way they go when it comes to putting in button holes. And Googling isn’t always immediately helpful – “ladies clothing has buttons on the left side” it tells me – great, but what does that mean? Whose left? The wearers’ left or the viewers’ left?
So I get confused. And I have to do an image search or inspect the buttoned garments in my wardrobe.
The thing is, whenever I put on men’s clothing (I used to buy army surplus trousers and jackets in my grungy youth) it’s immediately obvious that they button the wrong way. So you might think that I should know instinctively on which side I should put the buttons. But I don’t.