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Threads Magazine

Check out the current issue (#150) of Threads Magazine I have a tip in there for making “fake” buttonholes.  I had gotten some fabric at a flea market, which luckily did not fall apart when I washed it. I designed and made a jacket with 15 button holes.  Yes, 15 buttonholes.  They all were not functional buttonholes, but the buttons are what made the jacket.

Anyway, after much frustration of not getting good ends on my buttonholes due to the seam being bulky because of  the fabric and the fact that I put piping in the seam too. I had a crazy idea session with my friends Heidi and Megan at Stitch Cleveland and out of that we came up with a solution.  I stitched my decorative buttonholes on 2 layers of tulle netting, then I trimmed them close to the stitched, fused them on with Steam-A-Seam 2 and then sewed my button on top.  They look real and no one would know except if they looked at the underside and saw no stitching.

Here’s the completed jacket.  What do you think?


Check out these links

Just a quick one today on where you can find me on some websites.  First off, the Threads Magazine website in the Reader’s Closet section.  I submitted my green denim jacket (under QCD) that I made out of flea market fabric that still had the $.97/yard sticker on it.  The magic of this project was the buttonholes that I made separately and fused on the lapel and collar due to having too much bulk at the seam.  I wasn’t getting good ends on my buttonholes the normal way of sewing them.

Next up, my corduroy jacket from a Simplicity Project Runway pattern. Good story on that one too, got the fabric from a vintage fabric yard sale for $5.  Not only did I make the coat, but also a skirt and still have fabric left.  What a steal!  The lining was $2 a yard and I got the buttons for half price.  All totaled out at $20-$25 for the project.  Can’t buy it for that!

Bog Jackets

I’ve been playing around with some of the projects in the Quick Stuff to Sew magazine from Threads.  One of the projects is for a Bog Jacket and let me tell you it is so simple.  Take one length of fabric, sew two short seams and go from there on embellishments.  I loved the one that was in the picture, so I recreated it using some pink wool that I got at Wal-mart.  It didn’t have any fabric content on it.  I wanted to felt it, but it didn’t so that means it had something else in it too.  So used if for this jacket figuring if I goofed it up, no great loss.

I’m working on another one and it looks totally different, so you are really the “designer” of how it comes out.  I’ll post the other one later this week.  It needs something and I haven’t figured out what, so I’m letting it digest a little bit.

I’ll be teaching this class at the Viking Sewing Gallery in Mentor.  See the class section for more information.