I’ve got buttons on the brain right now after sorting my grandmother’s collection. I feel very well-acquainted with the variations found in buttons – two holes, four, shank, no shank – having stared at them for so many hours! I suppose it only makes sense I would feel inspired to draw them as well.
I also finished an unfinished buttoned blouse I started in September. I had found some silk – washed silk, I believe – secondhand at the fabric stash shop and thought it would make up beautifully as a soft blouse. (Sidenote: doesn’t secondhand silk sound tawdry ??)
I used a pattern that I had first tried during Me-Made-May 2012 in a stiff stretch cotton (Day 10 in this post) and again in stiff cotton from a thrifted sheet (Day 22 here). Needless to say, the drape of the silk suited the boxy shape of the blouse much better! The pattern calls for bias-bound armholes, which is the point in the project where I abandoned it. Even though I’d been able to sew the silk well enough up until that point, I developed a fear of cutting out the bias strips.
The blouse sat unfinished until I got so desperate to do some garment sewing during the quilt-making process that I decided to go for it. I think cutting was the most difficult part; sewing the binding on wasn’t too difficult. The only issue – and I don’t think this was necessarily because of the silk – is that the placket area is pooling above the hem. I’m going to try to fix this – any tips?
I really wanted to use some of my grandma’s buttons for the placket, but none of them had quite the right size or weight for the fabric. I used some thin shell buttons, also purchased at the stash shop.
Speaking of my grandmother’s buttons, here are the giveaway winners! If you’ve won a set, you should have an email from me in your inbox. Just let me know where you’d like the buttons sent within a week!
- Creams & Tans: Amy Wells
- Brights: Andrea of Stitch Parade
- Pastels: Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow
- Party: Amy Clark
- Big Vintage: Holly
- Blacks & Browns: Sally of The Quirky Peach
Thank you to everyone who shared a favorite family heirloom in the comments section!