By Megan Valero
Our Midsommar button arrived in our shop when the more organised businesses had already started hinting about Christmas. We usually release new buttons in collections however….this new button arrived solo. The last Pigeon Wishes button collection was all the way back in Feburary. Having not released any Spring button collections…..releasing one button was not the plan!
Getting inspiration for this year has been a bit of a challenge. In the midst of a ‘90’s revival (lived through it, can’t gather the excitement for the return), the loud whispering of luxury or no single new sewing pattern shaking up every sewist on the internet, well… I felt a bit of a lull. Adding mothering, trying to keep afloat through the living cost crisis and just plain losing my mojo…. Everytime I went to plan out a button collection I was paralysed with indecision.
Since my son was born, I have spent Summer with my mum. Mostly for childcare but also for a change. After travelling around for two weeks we went back to her house. I was hoping to start the process of gathering together a collection fully recharged. Still nothing was forthcoming. It wasn’t until I stopped overthinking and started to get some creativity back through picking up beading and making myself some flower necklaces that some spark started coming back.
Already a bit too far into August we made the Midsommar button. Leaning into the simple theme of Summer, in all its cliche romanticism, was the singular button. My mum lives in rural France and spends most of her time gardening, the picture of the garden below is a micro meadow she planted. That along with finally watching the film ‘Midsommar’ I couldn’t escape the feeling of fields and of flowers.
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Reminiscent of wildflower fields and hazy days, our Midsommar button evokes the season at its most changing. Celebrating rebirth, life and love. They pair well with a Summer colour palette. Cool, bright colours such as light Blue, light Green, Pink with neutral undertones, Beiges and pastel Purples. Available is sizes 15mm and 25mm.
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Writing a blog post about Midsommar just as all the attention turns to Autumn/Winter may be a touch anachronistic but I’m just that behind with my blog posts! Plus, I think this button deserves it’s moment. Somehow the Midsommar buttons work beautifully with all the fabrics we supplied this Spring/Summer and after putting them with a darker palette of Cobalt Blues and Blacks they glisten all the more. Call it Dopamine dressing or eternal sunshine but I do think there’s a space for a touch of florals outside of Spring!
Shop our Midsommar button here or on our Etsy shop. Happy making!
Best (pigeon) Wishes,
This year’s Valentines collection theme choice seemed obvious, Barbiecore! Pink and Valentines just go together and even I feel swept away in the buzz of the Barbie film. However, I couldn’t shake my lack of enthusiasm for the Barbie brand as a whole and what really interested me boiled down to the feminine construction.
So this year our collection is veered towards celebrating Galentines day and all that it represents. Strong connections, deep friendship and how we uplift each other.
We have four new buttons set to move you through the end of Autumn and to the start of Spring. With new sizes ready for overshirts, jackets and (of course) dresses. In colours to match the trepidation of Autumn before the explosion of colour.
Now for the collection……
Named for the idol that is, Barbie.
The swirl of Cream and Pinks help match this button with a range of Pink from Baby Pink to Fuschia. This button also pops against Whites and Creams. I personally like Pink and Brown together and I would put these buttons together with Fawn tones for a 70’s vibe.
Made for dopamine dressing and embracing all that is cute and girly. In sizes 15mm and 25mm.
Flashes of metallic Blue and Green on a smokey Grey background. The Sublime buttons calls for sparkle and a bit of the feminine. Blue and green are always an exceeding combination and this cloudy button looks great against Grey’s, Blue’s and Greens with a colder colouring. In sizes 10mm and 20mm.
Deep Crimson with flecks of Pink, Purple, Green and Blue these buttons are for those who love the detail. The many colours of this button make it perfect for pairing with a print, you want to pick a colour out from. This button is great with Reds that have a Blue undertone, Pinks, Creams, Purples. Beloved has true versatility.
Beloved refers to the Toni Morrison book of the same name. In size 15mm.
With stark black splashes against a soft brown and a lilac, this button is for those going into (or are fully) into their Purple Era.
The Beguiled button looks stunning against all shades of Purple. A button that can hold its own due to its stark nature but also surprisingly warm. We’ve also paired this button with Browns and dark colours and the Beguilded button really brings something a bit something special.
THE perfect buttons for a lighter coat for the changing season. In sizes 10mm, 15mm and 20mm.
Hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the collection a bit more and it’s perhaps inspired some sewing!
Best (pigeon) Wishes,
The Heitage Collection
A sense of Heritage is important to us. Between our families we represent East, West and North Africa, China, America and Scotland. Living and making a home for ourselves in England and France. Our children will be rooted with a sense of belonging that comes with the beauty of difference. We wanted this Heritage Collection to reflect parts of our world, taking heavy inspiration from the Tailoring history of England and the impeccable detail of French couture. With, of course, a twist.
Shaped especially for outerwear and utility wear, based partially on a vintage button to give a slight retro nod. These buttons came from connecting our personal histories and the history we made within the sewing community. We want these buttons to be part of your wardrobe, your world and your memories. Our shared makers history and Heritage.
La Petite Maison Couture (Elaine) and I fell head first into sewing garments and dreaming up sewing plans. Leading us to take pictures of ourselves and explain our creations and everything that went into the project on the internet, from the fabric to the seam finishes. This is how we first found each other and connected. We’ve followed each other on instagram for years and years. I was first and foremost Elaine’s fangirl! Her makes, style, outfits, photography skills and just that Paris girl something!
I nervously reached out to Elaine (sliding into her DM’s) last year on a wave of optimism hoping she would be open to collaborate with Pigeon Wishes to create her own button collection. Elaine made me wait nervously for a few months before replying! But it was with a big yes and much enthusiasm! Elaine has such a strong vision and sense of style. I knew whatever she would design would be so utterly beautiful, sophisticated and with that……je ne sais quoi. Spoiler: I wasn’t wrong.
Making a Business
We found, we wanted to create those perfect finishing touches. Elaine’s business (LPMC) focuses on labels and Pigeon Wishes focuses on buttons. The finishing touches of a garment that bring something special, makes you smile a little more and make you want to gaze more closely at the details. We have almost opposing styles, that somehow overlap. I definitely lean into the excess and Elaine is sophisticated elegance. However, colour, pattern and detail is at the core of our fashion styles and preferences.
The Heritage Collection
We knew straight away that we wanted to create outerwear buttons, drawing inspiration from English roots and Parisian aesthetics. Both of us having experience creating physical products, we knew exactly the feeling we wanted people to have when holding our buttons and as sewist we wanted our buttons to work with as many patterns as possible. Ultimately we want our buttons to inspire and create joy. Sewing has been a massive part of our lives. Enabling us to make friendships and connection, give us focus and respite in times of stress and release our creativity.
That’s our story but now the rest of the story is yours! Buttons will be released 16th November, we cannot wait to show you the collection in full!
Best (pigeon) Wishes,
It’s our new collection with Paige Joanna!
Paige and I were so happy and thankful for such a successful first button collection, there was no way we could resist another! Being able to work with Paige and seeing her create such gorgeous buttons has been a highlight of our button business. This second Spring collection holds so much of Paige’s style, inspirations and general joy we know they will add extra happiness to whatever they are added onto. Here’s a little introduction to each buttons……
Blossom is a delightful button reminiscent of cherry blossoms and pink striped skies. Paige has already used these buttons on a pink Patina Blouse and who doesn’t love a bit of pink on pink? I also see these looking fabulous on lilac, baby blue, mint and other soft palette colours.
Available in medium and shirting size these buttons will add a pink pop to shirts and Sping jackets.
The bestseller from Paige’s last collection, I’m sure, needs no introduction. These buttons are back and in a new size. The buttercup buttons are the perfect fastening for summer dresses with slight cottagecore vibes, I can see picnic swishy picnic dress and woven baskets.
Was it just me or did everyone hold a buttercup under their chin to find out if you liked butter? I always connect buttercups with picnics, slow summer days and childhood.
Now the Ophelia is my personal favourite button amongst this collection. I’ve already put a few aside for my own project. Paige was inspired by wildflowers and the Ophelia painting by John Everett. These buttons have an interesting abstract shape and are perfect for a romantic leaning make.
Paige’s little girl is called Willow, so these are her official button. Inspired by the William Morris Print, Willow Boughs, these sage toned buttons draw nature and renewal to mind. Sage as a colour has had a huge surge in popularity, especially in interior design, I’m pretty sure the increase in green paint made and sold has been dramatic! Hands up who has new green walls (me!)
These buttons can either be matched by a similarly Sage coloured fabric, we stock a beautiful Tencel/Linen which would match beautifully here. I’m also thinking about truly being inspired by the Willow Boughs painting and having an off white fabric to match with these buttons.
All these buttons are available from Paige’s Etsy store and in some of the loveliest sewing shops (one day I will put a list of our stockists together!) If you are a shop and wanting to stock these button, please visit our wholesale shop here.
Happy sewing and best (pigeon) wishes,
Written by Megan Valero
It’s here! Our Dreamland collection has landed (see here)!!! Our first collection of 2022, I’ve written about the influence of this collection (over on this blogpost here). We almost called this collection the Wonderland Collection, I even rewatched Disney’s animated film version of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ to get palette and colour ideas. Whilst this wasn’t meant to be in the end, I do feel like some inspiration stuck. Which can be felt in the the photos taken. Speaking of which, these are our first products professionally photographed. When it comes to photos I’m just a keen, amature with a smartphone! It’s been in-credibly difficult for me to put how I feel about our products and our collections into pictures.
Having Leesha (Onyx Branding Co) take the reins and producing images which really capture our buttons is such a big and fantastic step for our business. I’ve never felt happier and more excited to present a new collection to you all! As a company we really want to inspire making and creativity and we hope these new buttons put a spring (sorry, not sorry) into your makes.
Pink and yellow together has been becoming a favourite for quite some time, call it the Battenberg cake effect. The colours paired together are just so dopamine inducing and we wanted to bring some joyful buttons to you for Spring. In fact these buttons reminds me of a very specific scene in the film ‘Miss Congeniality’
‘Miss Rhode Island, please describe our idea of a perfect date.’
Cheryl “Rhode Island”: ‘That’s a tough one. I’ld have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.’
These are the buttons for that light jacket! Screaming light Spring jacket and perfect days.
Blue and green together is very much our theme and with lilac added. What a winning colour combination! Who knew! Something is just so fantastical about these buttons, I cannot help thinking about lagoons, mermaids, magic and fairies. Surely these buttons will be for a garment worth adventuring in! Summer is around the corner, sunny days and holidays will soon be rolling around. I cannot wait to see where these buttons will go and who they’ll go with!
This is the slight ‘wildcard’ of the collection. The colours aren’t neutral and maybe a little unconventional? I personally love how they look like the colours of the sky, when it’s a particularly beautiful sunset. Sometimes a fabric dictates a make and sometimes it’s the button that takes mainstage. I have plans for this button, which involve vivid sky blues an indie patterns…… I’m curious to see who else feels drawn this button and what fabric is used!
I think these buttons would look perfect on a picnic dress. I’m thinking Tilly and the Buttons Seren dress? Really any dress which inspires running through fields and picnicing. These buttons are close cousins of our ‘Fanciful’ buttons. Which feature Pink and Yellow, these are less Battenberg and more strawberry jam sandwiches. I’m so thankful the sun is shining again and hope we’ve got lots of opportunities for bare legs and days spent outside.
In our blogpost about lilac and purple (read here) I got to deep dive into the colour and the accompanying connotations. Purple has always been a colour steeped in the unknown. It was natural to have this colour in a collection based on the realms of unconsciousness. We wanted a button for people who wanted deeper colours for Spring and were more Wisteria and deeper colours lovers. This button was my husband’s choice and he loves that periwinkle was the colour of 2022 (he’s a purple fan) and liked how this can be more for those makes which feature richer colours.
We actually made these buttons last year. Whilst I really loved the vibrancy of them, they never fit in with the original collection there were made for. After looking at them again and again for each new collection they finally seemed to fit here. Something about them seemed to remind me of the Artist Edith Rimmington and the whole Surrealist movement in general. Something about the colour combination and the way they seemed abstract yet set in a real garden. These buttons are so eye-catching and seem to make a statement with whatever fabric paired, we hope adds a bit of art to a garment.
We love our collection and enjoy sharing more about each button with you! To shop our collection click here
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