KAMSING ‖ 10 Factors To Consider When Purchasing Garment Buttons
Buttons are not only simple fastening devices, but also good accessories to enhance the aesthetics of your garment. Choosing the right type of garment buttons that suit your aesthetic and functional needs can be difficult because of all the different types and options.
Therefore, in this guide, we will discuss ten different factors that should be considered before purchasing buttons.
I. Type of Garment
Before anything else, we should first consider which type of clothing that buttons will be attached to, because it can be said that this is the most important step. Formal clothing requires different buttons compared to wedding dresses. On the other hand, children's clothing has different needs compared to adults’ casual wear.
There are many factors that must be considered based on the types of garment among other factors.
◆ They can have a different amount of pressure and stress.
◆ They all have their own aesthetic norms.
◆ They have different life expectancy.
◆ Some types will demand easier cleaning methods.
II. Type of Fabric
Different fabrics have different weights, thicknesses, stability and colors, and we should take these factors into account when choosing button type.
Using thicker fabrics such as leather, it is more difficult to firmly attach flat buttons. We should also consider the fact that thinner buttons can be easily broken when sewn too tight. For example, on lighter fabrics such as cashmere or chiffon, we should avoid using large and heavy buttons because they can stretch the fabric and ruin the aesthetic.
What is the function of the button? Most of the time, it will be a simple fastening purpose.
However, this is not always the case, and sometimes buttons can be used for purely aesthetic reasons. For example, buttons can be used to attach accessories or another piece of clothing. In many cases, even the button itself can be the focus of the entire design.
On the other hand, a certain clothing may require a specific button type for functional purpose. For example, garments for formal use would require simpler, more practical buttons with fewer color and shape variations.
IV. Style or Aesthetic
The type of button you choose should match the overall aesthetics of your design. When you start your project, you usually have an overall feel and aesthetic in mind. The buttons should serve as a tool to make the picture vivid.
Does the type of clothing require a certain button shape or color to enhance its fashion aesthetic? If your design is colorful and feminine, you should choose a button with shape and color that highlights the overall feel. A common example is the use of buttons, which is made of coral shells, to enhance the colorful summer dress.
Buttons come in a variety of sizes and you should choose the right size depending on your needs.
For example, if you want the button to act as a focus, you might need to choose a relatively large size. In other cases, such as on a fur coat, you may not need a button that is too small because it will be buried under the fabric.
Our previous button size guide can help you further.
Your choice of color depends primarily on your aesthetic needs. Fortunately, almost all colors are available with different button types. You should consider the quality of the colored coating because it can damage the fabric if it wears off during washing.
VII. Classification of Button
There are many different types of buttons to consider depending on the classification. Our previous classification of clothes buttons guide can help you in this regard.
VIII. Installation Method
Different button types may require different installation methods. Take flat button and shank button for example, you can easily machine-sew flat buttons to attach them to various types of fabrics. However, shank buttons must be hand-stitched, so the attachment requires more time and effort.
If your project is time sensitive, you might consider the button type that is easier/faster to attach. In addition, installation difficulties can affect installation costs.
Depending on your needs, you may need specially customized buttons to suit your designs or to meet specific features. While this can be relatively costly, it can save a lot of time and money, otherwise you need to mix and match all the different options.
X. Special Requirements
There are several other considerations you might want to make before purchasing buttons.
◆ Salt spray test to detect corrosion, especially useful with metal buttons.
◆ Is the button machine-washable or not?
◆ Physical durability. Depending on your fabric choice, you might need a more durable button.
About KAMSING Buttons
We have been manufacturing and supplying garment accessories since 2007 and we have established an independent button manufacturing base with a professional designing & developing team, covering shank buttons, belt buckles, jeans buttons, snap fasteners, brooches, eyelets, etc.