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Old 04-07-2007, 08:50 PM   #11
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I hate to throw a ringer in the works here, but I say, knit it so that it is convenient for the mother! If a right handed mother is buttoning a wiggle little bottom, the buttons go on the mother's left, and the buttonholes on the mother's right (more manual dexterity required to manipulate a buttonhole around a button, while button itself is held steady in the less dexterous hand.) Of course, on the actual object, this would be reversed because the mother is facing the child....Is this making any sense?
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:22 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by MommaG
As a mother of two kids (boy age 7 years and a girl 1 and a half) until looking at knitting patterns in the last two weeks I didn't even realize that they even were on different sides for boys or girls. So no I don't think the person is going to care. The fact they are getting something made out of love should be the only thing on their minds.
I agree. I have a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl and of all the handmade items I received for them, I've honeslty never noticed which side the button was on and never thought that they would be on different sides when it comes to newborn clothing. I was more concerned that the buttons were sturdily sew on than anything else.
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Old 04-08-2007, 01:15 PM   #13
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Wow, thanks so much for all the great tips and comments!

I'm not sure yet which option I'll go with, but I am really glad to know that it's no big deal either way!

Thank you, All.

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Old 04-09-2007, 07:34 AM   #14
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aha! i can help here. i'm a seamstress from long ago.

girl's clothing laps right over left. boy's clothing laps left over right.

so for a girl, the buttons would go on the left, buttonholes on the right.
for a boy, buttons on the right, buttonholes on the left.

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:42 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by ContiKnitter
I'm not a mom, but I see it this way: Girls can wear boy's clothes, but boys can't wear girl's clothes. I would put them on the right side.
I agree. And i think unisex things are usually made this way.
example: jeans.

actually, I'm always perplexed when I put on a womans sweater because the zipper pull is on the "wrong" side.
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I don't think any normal person would care, but if it's stressing you out, put in 2 sets of buttonholes, sew the buttons on a firm strip of fabric or grosgrain ribbon, and that will allow the recipient to put the buttons wherever they like. It also makes it easy to use buttons which don't wash well, as you can remove them before washing.
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