Well that expertise has worn off, I guess the old adage that if you don't use it, you lose it, is true! This is what I ended up with as I attempted to make some corded buttonholes on the Butterick 6002 jacket...a hot mess!
To fix this mess...I realized a couple of things...
1. I was making the corded buttonholes the way I use to make them on my old Viking sewing machine and I needed to figure out the correct way to make them on my Janome. Enter my trusty sewing machine manual.
2. I went through my sewing library to read about how to make a corded buttonhole so I thought I would share some of that information with you as well. I mean it's great to see a technique on a finished garment, but it's even better to get some knowledge on how to make one, right?!
First a definition of a corded buttonhole from the Threads Sewing Guide (page 241):
"For a professional looking buttonhole, and to strengthen and enhance its appearance, add pearl cotton or buttonhole twist under the stitching"
To make this buttonhole, the Threads Sewing Guide recommends that you
a. Placce the cording under the presser foot, and cover it with buttonhole side stitches as you sew.
b. After you've stitched, pull the cord tails to hide the loop.
c. Thread the tails into a hand needle with a large eye (use a needle threader), take them to the underside, and knot them together. Bury a small amount on the wrong side and cut off the excess.
So armed with better instructions and the correct way to thread the embroidery floss that I was using as my cording/filler for the buttonholes, I carefully ripped out two of the three "hot mess buttonholes", marked my fabric better and remade the buttonholes. This is what the jacket front looks like now...
Buttonholes and buttons on jacket front
Jacket with pants
The Butterick 6002 jacket was a quick sew until I decided that I needed to make the buttonholes distinctive so that they would stand out against the fabric better. Even though at one point I screamed bloody murder at them and wanted to throw my sewing machine against the wall, it was a journey worth taking because it adds the perfect touch to the jacket.
So have you ever made a corded buttonhole? And if so, when and where have you used it? I don't remember seeing a lot of these on garments on sewing blogs, so I was wondering if it's an unused technique or just forgotten.
I'm moving onto a TNT dress pattern now...cause I need some sewing peace! Relearning old techniques is challenging...I'm gonna have to do these a couple more times on some more pieces so that they come natural to me again.
...as always more later!