I ummed. I aahed. Those who commented said green welts, I concurred. But wondered about handsewing…
I got matching thread out, waxed it, settled down- then got distracted again. Lovely Jillhad said ‘I also like the wool bound buttonholes – in the BBC archive “What we Wore” Ann Ladbury gives a demo on bound buttonholes.’
So off I went. And was sold. It’s short, simple, clear..what more could you want? I did a sample- look at this in comparison to the standard bound method [the one in the middle is the Ann Ladbury one, what a contrast!]
It took no time at all to cut strips, mark buttonholes, and baste all the bits on. It took very little time to stitch the nine buttonholes [in three groups of three, what can I say? I’m a mathematician], It took ages to cut them, turn them and stitch them down neatly. The wool frays. A lot. All those 1/8″ wide turnings had to be overcast or it would all have unravelled before I could get the lining in.
They look pretty!
Then I machined in the underarm seam of the sleeves, gathered and basted the upper part, before one last fitting…
And there hit the snag. Ma-in-law had a hip op last week, and wifey is looking after her for a couple of days. No one to lace me in! So I made do with my underbust corset, which gives the right waist size, but doesn’t hoick the boobs or pad out the hips.
I’m pretty pleased though!
If you zoom in on the first pic you may be able to see the lovely buttonholes, all basted shut for now. The left sleeve needs the gathering distributed more to the sleeve head from the back. I’ve already made two little crin-and-net sleeve head pouffy things to hold it up nicely. Just lining and buttons now, next time you see it will be in full fig.
Not bad eh? I think I nailed those fitting issues as well as could be expected…thanks sooooo much for all the help!
Next up- apron drapery for the skirt, alternative necklines for this, and maybe a muff. For Saturday. Deep breath….