historic sewing

Fact and Mostly Fiction about Buttons

For centuries, garments remained loose enough to be wrapped around one's body or slipped on over one's head. Then, early in the 14th century, clothing with narrow waists and sleeves turned this into something of an impractical ordeal. As a result, buttons, a fairly new invention at the time, grew in popularity.

Why Is There A Button Sewn There?  'Button Use' Folklore

As the 1500s gave way to succeeding centuries, buttons gradually gradually began to lose some of their utilitarian functions. The buttons didn't disappear, however. They became fashion statements. Some buttons that once served