The “Pretty Dress But Ugly Buttonholes” Dress
Fabric: 2 metres Vintage Printed Cotton from Spotlight – $10.45 per meter on sale. Lining fabric from stash.
Pattern: Vintage Vogue 2961
Notions: 6 buttons – $3.49, interfacing from stash.
Time to complete: 7.5 hours
First worn: Sunday, 16th January. I wore it out to breakfast with my husband and also on a trip to Ikea.
Wear again: Definitely! It is so summery and pretty. I love it!!!
Total price: $20.90
When I read that the challenge was buttonholes I started searching through my pattern stash for everything that had buttons. I found this dress pattern which I have been wanting to make for a whole and thought this would be my perfect chance. It wasn’t until I started cutting out the pattern pieces that I realised not only did the pattern call for button holes but it actually called for bound buttonholes.
I seriously considered picking another garment and then I thought no this is about challenging myself and I forged ahead. Well challenge myself I did! The pattern had quite clear instructions on how to create bound buttonholes which I followed to a t. My execution however was not as great as the instructions. Hence the title of the dress!
I am pretty happy with myself for attempting these button holes but I just wish that they had turned out a little bit nicer. Not that it matters once the garment is on because with the buttons through the holes they look fine. But I know that they aren’t fine! Oh well. We live and we learn and the next time I do bound buttonholes they might be a little bit better.
My favourite part of this dress is the bow on the front. I love bows on anything and this one can be worn tied at the front or as a halter neck. I prefer it at the front but someday I may want to wear it as a halterneck so it is good to know I have the option. Now I know you want to see one of my buttonholes even though I don’t want to show you one but here it is anyway. Just promise not to laugh too loudly….