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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It’s almost time for our new button collection, The Dreamland Collection. In this post (like our last button mood board) I won’t be revealing the buttons but I will be sharing some inspiration we’ve had for the creation of this collection. Each collection pivots around a central idea. It’s now March and while Spring is the overarching theme; the colours, the vibe and the general tone is a little more specific. Florals for Spring is always a classic, however I wanted to go with a different twist. Keeping Spring’s colourfulness and sense of renewal, the collection is meant to have a dreamy haze.
I am so excited for this new collection, it’s been MONTHS since we’ve released anything new under our own brand, the last collection was October ‘21! Winter has come and gone, and I think we are all eager for the sun to bless this cold Island with some warmth!
Now here’s a taste of what’s to come…….
Fondant Fancy? Or just Fanciful.
These buttons remind me of the two best flavours of fondant fancies. Pink and lemon. One of the few times Chocolate flavour is just lacking! Heading towards Spring and (dare we say) picnics and general alfresco eating, this desert is best enjoyed amongst the flowers. We are colour enthusiasts and the rise of pink and yellow together is a joy inducing dynamic.
Colours that make you either want to take flight into a magical twilight sky or go into the depths of a lagoon filled with mermaids. Seems like there will always be at least one blue and green button in our collection!!! I actually cannot help myself! The next button in this colour combo saga is the Neverland button.
Unfazed by a collision and colour. We love the art movement that wanted to take a glimpse into the human mind. This button is the most ‘Spring’ like but also the most brash.
Always a believer.
These buttons remind me of a dreamscape colour palette. Somewhere between sunset and the surreal. Blue and pink are our brand colours and have a special place in my heart. The colours together always seem a bit unexpected but they just work so, so well. These buttons are not an understatement! Meant for the dreamers.
The galaxy is deep, beautiful and inexorable. It runs forever. Looking up at the colour and patterns gives people infinite reverie. From ancient times to the present, purple and dark blue always represented dreams and mysteries.
I hope this has made you a bit intrigued! Happy stitching!
By Emma (@SewDoItEmma)
You will never know how long I procrastinated cutting into the beautiful fabric provided by Megan at Pigeon Wishes … let’s say it was painful.
Why you ask? Well, I was scared, to be honest. Scared of making a mistake but that’s ok, isn’t it? Sometimes I tend to overthink and then my mind goes into overdrive about what could go wrong and then common sense usually taps me on the shoulder (thank goodness!), tells me to chill the heck out and “you’ve got this”. It indeed happens to the best of us but sometimes we gotta cut into that beautiful fabric!
This collaboration has been on the back burner for a while, Megan and I have been quietly chatting via DMs on Instagram about how and when we could work together. It’s been such a lovely time getting to know her and talking about our plans.
I’ve caught glimpses of the fabric that is stocked at Pigeon Wishes HQ via Instagram stories (one of these days I’ll pop in, if I can and stay forever!) let me tell you it’s a feast for the eyes and that’s only in the 2 dimensional form … I’m imagining me stroking all the fabrics in real life.
My love of the buttons, which apparently was only meant to be a side burner for Megan – yes I hear you (what!?!) has only grown stronger … I try and reason with myself every button launch but the prettiness takes over and before I know it I’ve order maybe two or three packs/cards or buttons. Let me be honest here, if I could get one of every packet or button card – I’d do that in a heart beat!
Let’s talk about the chosen pattern, like the title suggests it is the Pauline Dress by Closet Core Patterns. When it first came out, I have to be honest here – it was like a “marmite moment” but slowly after the release I was seeing beautiful versions that were teasing me. For me, this is usually a good sign that a. I’m going to like the result and b. I’m going to enjoy the sewing process. I don’t know how I know, it’s just my good old intuition.
The Pauline Dress has really cute features in it’s design like the knife pleats, square neck line and a key-opening at the back. For this collab, I’ve chosen to go with the version b, which shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise if you’ve been following me for a while! I’m a lover of puffy and billowy sleeves and gathers so version b just sung to me. I think both versions have so many options when it comes down to choosing the fabric, whether you’d like a more structured look with a cotton or chambray or a softer look with a viscose or tencel, the Pauline could be seen differently in so many fabric options.
Before I give away what fabric I went for, I’m going to say the Pauline is quite advanced, especially with the bodice. Getting the knife pleats in the right position and direction was no easy task. The square neck line needed precision to get the straight lines. Sure, the instructions were there every step of the way but I had to keep focused.
Lately, I’ve been loving the soft feel and look of drapey fabrics but choosing from Pigeon Wishes Shop was no easy task when it came to the crunch.
So, After much deliberating I opted for this gorgeous dark green Bemberg cupro bark crepe satin which is real life is so silky but it’s not silk. It’s absolutely gorgeous. A really nice drape and handle. The bark jacquard on it is simply stunning, subtle but strikingly beautiful.
I’d say the Bemberg Cupro is the same weight as standard viscoses and I feel it’s more slippery which helped put the fear into before I cut into it. I was literally dancing back and forth with the rotary cutter in my living room at the table, just full of jitters thinking if this goes wrong, what the heck I’m I going to do?
Fortunately it didn’t. Are you relieved? I am, once I finished the dress I let it hang for a minute, whilst I stared at it in disbelief that I made it. Why, you ask? Well, sometimes there’s that element of self doubt (yes, I get it – believe you me).
I’m chuffed with myself, the finished dress fits perfectly but the weather hasn’t been playing fair for cool photos in amongst Scots pines. That vision will just have to wait until the wind and rain dies down. In the meantime, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the dress and details with that beige wall behind me and hearing about my thoughts on the fabric and the pattern.
Although the fit is bang on there was a slight mis alignment after I put in the invisible zipper in. The seam ripper had to come out so I could align the back seams, fortunately it was only one side that was wonky (I’ve got an idea how I did it and the fabric was fairly shifty) and it was easy to fix. I think I may have to go in again as I noticed that the fabric at the bottom of the zip in bumpy, perhaps it’s the overlocker stitches that are causing the bumps? But other than that, I have to say it was fairly straightforward and not stressful.
I’m taking something from this, actually quite a few things. I have a good skill set now and my head needs to remember that.
Ok, I need an occasion to wear this or do I?