Thursday, 11 October 2012

Bound button holes are all the rage!

I've started working on the Beignet skirt and I'm still superduper excited about the project even if  I'm a tad iffy about whether my skills are up for it or not, but its nice to have a bit of a challenge at times and also I'm learning new techniques/skills for this project.

So far I've cut the shell fabric and lining and done all the marking and I even made a mock-up which seemed to fit quite well. I then had a bright idea that I would love to try making bound button holes for the skirt as they look so much neater than normal ones even though I'm sure my lovely Singer makes excellent button holes (I'm yet to test this!)  ... 

I've never made bound button holes, but with the help from the excellent instructions from GNBBS I've attempted a practice run as I didn't want to ruin the skirt fabric straight away. I didn't quite understand the stitch in the ditch to begin with as you can see from the picture ... 

Practice run and misunderstood stitch in a ditch

But luckily the ditch stitching became clear when I started making the real ones. The button holes aren't quite even, but I think they'll do for a first attempt and I do think they look better than normal buttons holes would have and its so much fun attempting new techniques even if it meant spending hours marking, hand stitching and generally being confused. I also noticed that Coletterie posted a tutorial of bound button holes after I'd finished with mine, it's worth having a look if you don't have Gertie's book at hand.

After some hunting I found some perfect leopard printg fabric on eBay for the covered buttons. I had good intentions of covering the buttons myself with the help of the instructions from GNBBS, but when I went to my local haberdashery store they told me that they could make cover the buttons for the fraction of the cost of buying coverable buttons so I took my fabric there and the following day I could pick up the most beautiful covered buttons, win.

The bound button holes + pretty buttons

My mamaa dearest has my sewing machine at the moment, but I'm hoping to continue with the skirt soon, in the mean time I'll just have to knit. Over&out for now dear readers!


  1. Ooh, love the leopard buttons!

    1. Aren't they just adorable? I think they'll add a bit 'attitude' to the skirt. I wish I could take credit for making them, but can't go wrong with someone professional doing them adn supporting local businesses and all that ,D