Thursday, May 6, 2010

Button Bleed: For Real?!

This past weekend I started really digging into the flower girl dress I'm making for Little Miss.  It was nice to get back to the machine and work something up . . . sadly it had been awhile.

Things were going along relatively smoothly until I got to the buttons.  My future sister-in-law picked out some simple round red shank buttons to go down the front of the bodice.  I had to attach them by hand before I could assemble the rest of the top.  I have to admit, I wasn't wild about how they were laying there once I got them on.  The shank seemed really too tall and no matter how I manipulated them to try to stand up a bit more straight (these were not to be functional buttons), I still wasn't loving the result.

I pressed on, sure that once it was all together, the buttons would look fine.  As I finished every bit of the sewing on the bodice (except the bottom where I was going to be attaching the skirting) I made a most distressing discovery.

Did you miss it?

Let me point it out to you more clearly:
Um, YEAH.  This is a picture I took of the bodice after I removed the offensive shank buttons that somehow BLED THEIR COLOR RIGHT ONTO THE WHITE LACE that runs directly down the front.

I could have screamed.

I would have, actually, but it was about 4am (the sewing hour as it were) and it didn't seem like a good idea.

So now I need to a) get new buttons and b) figure out how I can salvage all this bodice work I already did.  I have no more lace and I would have to deconstruct the whole thing to get new lace on anyway.

I REALLY don't want to have to do that.

Sewing experts HELP ME!!  What do I do about this?  The top two spots are smallish and will probably be covered over by whatever new buttons I come up with.  The bottom spot is a bit bigger and more offensive.

I am completely baffled as to how this happened by the way.  The buttons were never wet at any point (which is neither here nor there now because eventually this dress should be washable after all).  Who knew that buttons could/would bleed??  Certainly not me!

For real, HELP!


Kathy May 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

Do you have a Tide stain stick, or Shout wipes, something like that -- worth a try. I carry one in my purse, usually have pretty good luck with it (Tide).

Ronni and Sean May 6, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

I second the Tide stick idea, it's quite the miracle worker.

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