Hey, guys. Anyone remember the Vogue coat I made with bound buttonholes, and the Simplicity jacket? I’ve since been making bound buttonholes until they come out of my ears, all in the name of putting together a 41-page e-book of instructions and photographs.
I know how terrifying this technique can be – oh, how I know! My Vogue coat made me really want to change that for other people. To quote from my original blog post:
This experience taught me that if there’s anything I can do to help prevent others feeling so utterly isolated, I’m there.
I enlisted the help of three sewing friends to come and make bound buttonholes with me. All I asked in return was for them to give me feedback on my fledgling e-book. I then sat on my backside for several months out of fear, distraction, fear… Finally, I gave myself a good shake and asked my sewing teacher to read the book, I invited the gorgeous Oobop to design me a cover, I bribed a colleague to proofread it for me. Finally, I couldn’t procrastinate any further. I needed to kick myself and just put it out there.
You can visit the e-book page here. (There’s also a clickable button link in my sidebar.) The e-book costs £2 for over 40 pages and nearly as many step-by-step photographs.
Be aware, this e-book doesn’t tell you how to make a jacket or a coat. It shows you how to practise buttonholes on a swatch of your chosen fashion fabric. This is a really important step. Please, please never slice open your first bound buttonhole on your actual make. If you do, weeping will be involved.
So, I’ve written a handy tutorial for a practice go, based on my experiences. For every bound buttonhole there will be a different take and technique – this one is mine.
With huge thanks to all the people who helped.