i haven’t been updating much on the lady grey progress, mostly because i’ve been slogging through the boring stuff.
i am actually not finished with the cutting yet… i still have to cut the pieces for my interlining (lightweight flannel) and i have more interfacing and hair canvas that needs to be cut. cutting is the worst!
last night i worked on bound buttonholes for the first time.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME BUTTONHOLE PRON????
i used this bound buttonhole tutorial from gertie. greatest tutorial ever – very clear and easy to understand!
this is what i learned about bound buttonholes:
- don’t clip all the way to the edges (which clipping the corners to push out the organza) else your triangles will become double-triangles and be difficult to sew
- count your stitches in the “window” to ensure that parallel sides are the exact same length. i cannot stress this enough. i ended up leaving long thread tails so i could pick out any extra stitches or thread a needle and sneak in a needed stitch.
- those lines need to be STRAIGHT. i actually don’t have a clear ruler/grid thing (shame on me!) so i made creative use with a piece of paper because i am trashy (ha ha get it?). but seriously. straight.
- definitely slip-stitch the lips (lol lips) in place before sewing the triangles. this will ensure that nothing shifts around. my first attempt, i clearly did not slip-stitch. my second attempt, i half-assed it. i actually tried with my third attempt and it absolutely makes a difference.
- i can’t stop loling at calling the lips “lips”… i keep thinking they are going to start singing to me or something i don’t even know.
- make sure your silk organza matches your fabric. mine doesn’t because the girl at the fabric store had no idea what she was talking about and said i should buy the blue:
i have to spend extra time carefully pressing the sides so that horrible blue doesn’t poke out and clash with my beautiful blue :’(
one other note that is unrelated to bound buttonholes but totally related to the lady grey:
plz to be checking the amount of fabric you need to buy before you actually buy it. i recommend cutting out the tissue paper and measuring to get an exact amount. otherwise, you will end up with this:
OVER A YARD OF EXTRA FABRIC
my fabric was $18/yard so needless to say, i am pretty pissed.
i also ended up with an extra yard of lining, but at least i bought bemberg rayon and i can *always* find a use for rayon. but blue wool coating? NO.