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school uniform :: white blouses for a girl with a button phobia...!

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lucykate Sat 01-Aug-09 22:30:01

a friends daughter is moving to a new school and the uniform is a blouse rather than a polo shirt. previously, instead of the polo shirt as they have buttons, she's worn a plain t-shirt instead. but new school is stricter, and it has to be a white blouse of some sort. has anyone ever come across something, in white cotton, but without a button front opening? the buttons can be cut off at the cuffs, but obviously not down the front.

she's 10, moving into yr6.

GlastonburyGoddess Sat 01-Aug-09 22:33:36

her name doesnt begin with E does it lol
My friends daughter has this button phobia too, I was bemused, Id never heard of it before, now seeing you thread, perhaps its not all that uncommon...

pointydog Sat 01-Aug-09 22:33:53

what does the 'button phobia' involve? Does it mean she is not able to do up buttons or feels she takes too long? Or is she actually frightened of buttons?

GlastonburyGoddess Sat 01-Aug-09 22:39:48


lucykate Sat 01-Aug-09 22:49:18

pd - she's frightened of buttons, it is a recognised phobia.

gg - yes it does begin with an e!, wonder if it is the same person?, parents names begin with h & c??

pointydog Sat 01-Aug-09 22:51:20

ok <zips it>

Dottoressa Sat 01-Aug-09 22:51:20

I'd try to get treatment for the phobia rather than button-free blouses. Phobias are no fun for the sufferer or for their family!

lucykate Sat 01-Aug-09 22:54:12

sorry, pd, didn't mean my reply to sound short. it's taken me a while to get my head round it, i really struggle to understand. i'm a textile designer by trade so love using buttons and have a huge collection at home, it would be her worst nightmare to see my button box!

MrsBadger Sat 01-Aug-09 22:55:32

have seen in Next I think, hang on
second from right any good? still jersey but has a proper collar

am sure I've seen similar shape in other shops, not necc as schoolwear

could one sew up the front of a normal buttoned one so she can put it on over her head?

pointydog Sat 01-Aug-09 22:57:08

Agree with dott. A 10 yr old would be far more receptive to help than a young kid, I'd've thought.

brokenspacebar Sat 01-Aug-09 22:57:15

would a shirt with poppers work?
I haven't seen such things around, but I think it would be easy enough to customise? Another thing to do would be to get a shirt that has no buttons, more like a tunic but again a shirt with buttons could be sewn up, gap left for getting on and off?

CarriePooter Sat 01-Aug-09 23:00:47

Could she just have the buttons cut off and replaced with velcro? You can get iron on velcro so it would be quite quick to do.

MrsBadger Sat 01-Aug-09 23:02:09

could she get away with something like this?

pointydog Sat 01-Aug-09 23:03:02

Doesn't the new school acknowledge recognised phobias then? Can't she say, I have a phobia and so I need a t-shirt or a polo shirt with the buttons cut off?

lucykate Sat 01-Aug-09 23:10:31

will send her mum that 'next' link, that's the kind of thing they're looking for but were hoping for the same fabric as blouses. they have spoken to the school about it, and they are sympathetic to a degree, the uniform is blouse and not polo shirts, they feel polo shirts are not smart enough, but were also concerned that any home done adjustments may highlight the fact that her blouses are different and lead to a bit of ribbing about it.

will suggest the velcro or sewing up the front idea, i could do that for her on my sewing machine, even sew up the button holes, and reattach the buttons. that way, the velcro holds the blouse closed, the buttons are still there but just as decoration, she doesn't have to touch them.

Wolfgirl Sat 01-Aug-09 23:12:34

My sister has a button phobia, and she is 48!!!! always has LOL. In fact, I emptied mums tin of buttons... you know the old quality street ones, over her head when we were kids. Think she pissed me off with something, prob. more sinister - but cant desperately remember. Anyway, I've dined out on that story forever, so has she grin and people still go awwwwwwwwwrrrr looking at her pitifully then back to me with daggers and gasps of how could you!. Easy says I, she deserved it! grin best of friends now though wink

anyway, yes... the phobia is common enough, even a documentry on tv a year or so back. Hilarious! not to the suffer, obviously!

Metatron Sat 01-Aug-09 23:36:17

That next one has one button on, but could easily be stiched up.

hellymelly Sat 01-Aug-09 23:44:59

button phobia is very common, we have an adult friend with it too.I have thought it is probably due to a near choking incident unseen by a parent,or possibly being told "NO, No!" in a scary way by a parent when putting a button in the mouth as a baby.But anyway-if she is ok with buttons as trims then the easiest way is to sew them on top as discussed, and use poppers, or hooks and eyes, or velcro to fasten instead,or a zip which would be the easiest and the most concealed.You can get hooks and eyes on a long fabric strip like they would use on corsets and these are very secure,but I think a zip would be the most discreet ,not as bulky as velcro and no odd noise as she changes for games etc.

lucykate Sat 01-Aug-09 23:47:47

"probably due to a near choking incident"

i swallowed a coin as a child, am quite relieved it didn't affect me in that way. imagine having a money phobia shock


MrsBadger Sun 02-Aug-09 08:38:31

in my mind I was lookinmg for these in kids' sizes

will keep my eyes open

AramintaCane Sun 02-Aug-09 14:09:25

We have several of the next ones no button at all and look very smart.

academicallyTormented Sun 02-Aug-09 14:32:21

Wouldthese work? Maybe if she's allowed grey or black jumpers?

Metatron Mon 03-Aug-09 00:47:41

That's odd Araminta - I have 5 and ours have one button.

misshardbroom Mon 03-Aug-09 08:01:45

really interested in other people's experience of button-phobia as my DS1 has it too.

I have to admit I'd have laughed if someone had claimed to have button-phobia, but in reality it's a huge nuisance to us all.

Not sure how he's going to get on in reception in September hmm

FabBakerGirlIsBack Mon 03-Aug-09 08:05:51

My DD won't/can't wear anything with buttons on except her school polo top. Makes shopping tricky.

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