Sunday, November 11, 2012

best buttons ever

My friends, I have gone cheap on the buttons in the past, but today is a new day. I feel certain these are the most expensive buttons I have ever purchased, but oh they are so worth it. I love them.thoroughly.
Still Life of a Button-Hole Journey: Tools of the Trade
There was a lot of experimenting happening in the sewing room this morning; bound buttonholes, machine buttonholes, gimp buttonholes and everything in between was tested. I settled on a hybrid buttonhole. The bound buttonholes looked good, but they were just too bulky.
you can see the photographer (me) in the reflection of the button

Everything is better with a Sharpee

Let me think ... do I love this button? Done thinking. YES!
Hybrid Buttonhole: I zig-zagged free-style on both sides of the buttonhole and did not use the buttonhole foot. Then I clipped open the buttonhole and used a Sharpee marker to blacken the interfacing and any white threads showing. That made it look a lot better! Then I finished up by hand-sewing on top of the machine-stitching, using thread made especially for buttonholes. I love the end result. It is flat and strong and lets this gorgeous button in and out, just as it should.

I also made progress on the pockets and finished cutting the lining and other odds and ends. It will be at least another week, maybe more, before I finish the coat. This project is pure pleasure!

It is so nice when I am in love with my materials. It's not as easy as one would expect, to find materials and buttons that I love.

Is it like that for you, too? How often are you sewing with 'good-enough' materials and how often are you sewing with 'to-die-for" stuff? I guess I am lucky if I sew TDF materials once or twice a year.

Happy Sewing!

35 comments:

  1. Most excellent buttons -- looking forward to the reveal!

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  2. They look terrific, Robin. I did similar with my CJ. I machine stitched the buttonhole with60 weight cotton thread (extra fine), and then did the hand stitiching with silk buttonhole twist on top. Lot less aggravation.

    Your buttons are STUNNING in a very Art Deco sort of way. Like you, I don't buy buttons until the garment is near complete. There are just too many variables that effect the final look. This coat will be gorgeous when done.

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  3. Those are beautiful buttons and will look stunning on the coat. BTW, I like your new header!

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  4. Oooh, they're like earrings! And that's bold making the buttonholes with the zigzag. The kind of bold that usually yields a good result. :-) The Sharpie fix was also very smart.

    On the topic of how often I sew with TDF materials, that's a good question. Hmmm. Not often enough :-) Well, maybe that's not true. Not every piece of fabric can be a work of art or it all gets too stressful. But I do think excellent notions and lining (only using silk from now on!) make a nice fabric that much more special.

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  5. Beautiful indeed, a gorgeous addition to the coat. Enjoyed the posts with the muslins and completely understand you chose the one with the less open neckline.

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  6. Beautiful buttonhole! And the buttons are pretty nice too :) How nice it will be to wear the coat when you love the materials so much. Looking forward to seeing it completed.

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  7. Great tips on buttonholes. And also a great reminder to take the time to enjoy the process. I do love those zen moments when the process equals the joy of the materials and final piece. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  8. The buttons were worth the extra dollars. Classic fabric and styling - this coat definitely has thoroughbred breeding!

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  9. Oh my gosh, THANK YOU! I made a wool coat last year, and am having a heck of a time figuring out how to do the button holes. I should've done bound buttonholes, but didn't think of it until it was way too late. My buttonholer on my machine is great, but the fabric layers are just too thick and I keep cutting the threads of my practice runs. I was resigned to hand stitching them all (hense why it's still not done), but now I'm going to copy you! Thank you!

    Also, those buttons are beautiful. Nice find!

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    1. oh how I love stumbling across solutions - and how happy I am to provide one for you!
      Good luck - it will turn out great!

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  10. OMG, those buttons are gorgeous. And I love how the center gold section of the buttons have the reflection of you taking the photo! This coat is going to be truly beautiful

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  11. Oh wow I'm not really a button person but they are gorgeous! Can't wait to see the finished coat!

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  12. Besides being in love with you fabric AND your buttons, I love the simplicity of this idea! It works a treat :)

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    1. Good point - the buttons make such a statement that a simple coat is a good backdrop.

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  13. Those buttons are sooooo pretty.

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  14. I am one for using expensive buttons. You have beautiful fabric, you spend lots of time on a coat and it and you deserve to have the most gorgeous buttons available. They give the coat that high end look. It's going to be fabulous.

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  15. Yes, truly beautiful buttons. I love the still life, as well.

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  16. Oh, feel that? Its button envy and its wafting your way....I need to try this technique on a jumper I cant finish!

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  17. Blinded by the button porn. Gonna go away and lie down for a bit.

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  18. Oh, GORGEOUS buttons! That coat is gioig to be fabulous!

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  19. I can feel a lot of wonderful about to happen with your coat.

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  20. I just love finding the right buttons. Can't wait to see more of this coat!

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  21. Beautiful buttons! Your coat is going to be amazing - can't wait to see it! Love your Sharpie marker trick :)

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  22. Coats always deserve the very best buttons, great choice. And I hope you bought some extra - for a coat that will last for years a button always go astray. Looking good.

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  23. I love the buttons and your buttonhole solution. I will keep this in mind if I ever get around to making a thick coat. I have ideas, but have not executed them. The Sharpie is a wonderful idea. For many years I worked in a lab and often got bleach spots on my pants. I found that a black Sharpie was really useful in filling in the spots!!!
    I think the coat will be lovely. I'm anxious to see the finished product.

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  24. Beautiful buttons! They can make such a difference, just like any other accessory. I have a vintage button collection big surprise) and I plan to use them with my headwrap project. No time to waste!

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  25. You've gone wild with the buttons! These are incredible. Great buttonhole work too. I have done these in the past and am currently facing another buttonhole Super Challenge. I shall look to this post for fortitude.

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  26. Okay, here's what I'm thinking about after reading your post this morning. 1) Those buttons, yes, you are worth it. I had a spell several years ago of sewing a lot, including a few jackets and even a winter coat. I still remember the extravagant buttons I bought for one of the jackets. It MADE the jacket. Those buttons gave me joy, really! Wen I was finished with the jacket, instead of donating it, which a better pson than I would have done, I removed those buttons and then threw the rest of the jacket in the trash. I still have them. 2) your new header is really nice. 3) I am going to save your buttonhole technique. I just used a brown sharpie yesterday. Someday I'm going to make a list of all the office supplies I use in my sewing! Thanks for sharing your progress on this coat project. Oh, pardon my iPad autocorrect; sometimes it won't let me go back and fix things. I know that Wen is a hair care product line and When is what I thought I typed a few lines back.

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  28. What gorgeous buttons! Whatever they cost, they were well worth it. The perfect button can make an outfit -- and the opposite is true, too.

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  29. Great buttons and a nifty idea for the buttonhole. I may need to try that on a velvet vest. It is STILL sitting without the buttonholes completed. My first handsewn buttonhole looked fabulous. Perfect. A work of Art. It's best not to discuss the second that was redone twice. Ugh! the stitching might just give it a bit of body that will help. :)

    I like the new heading, however, the previous one always made me smile and think, "isn't THAT the case..." Actual SEWING is such a small part of the whole bit.

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  30. Love the buttons AND the Sharpie tip! :)

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  31. Those buttons are FANTASTIC!! I can't wait to see the end result of your coat journey! I so admire your dedication to getting it just right! I hope to find my own motivation to slow down.

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