The “Never, Ever Again” Blouse
Fabric: Liberty of London Tana Lawn “Gold Delfi”
Pattern: McCall 6336
Notions: four 7/8″ buttons, pre-made bias tape (stash)
Time to Complete: 7 hours
First Worn: January 19, 2012
Wear Again: I think so…
Total Price: ~$35
Challenge Theme: “Buttons”
Just a few words on this one: this is why I go to Jonathan’s, people! I know that, as someone striving to increase my skill set, I should embrace buttonholes, see them as an additional opportunity to bring quality to my garments, and take pride in my willingness and ability to make a bound buttonhole.
I. Do. Not.
I was always wary of bound buttonholes, but now I pretty much hate them. They (more than) doubled the amount of work necessary to complete a basic 40s-era blouse to over 7 hours. The 4 hours I spent making the basic blouse back and adding the buttonholes were long and miserable and left me with an aching back, strained eyes, and a suspicious smell I am convinced came from over-use of the iron. I was actually unable to do much more for the rest of the day beyond lay on the couch, flat on my back, waiting for it to relax again.
I will give myself this much credit, though: I was able to do them. No major mistakes, no major issues, they are not perfect but they are perfectly serviceable. I used Summerset’s bound buttonhole method, and she was basically correct in her assurances that with proper marking and preparation, the actually sewing is both minimal and minimally difficult. I marked the buttonholes two ways, using tracing paper and a pricking wheel and also thread tracing.
That was overkill. One of my subsequent issues was pulling out all of the thread tracing. I did not succeed.
So at the end of the day, all I can say is thanks, Mena, for forcing me to stop putting off a bound-buttonhole garment. And thanks for reminding me why I am so grateful that Jonathan Embroidery is only 15 blocks from my front door! Fifty cents a buttonhole is worth a little sanity and a functioning spine, right?