I'm usually a plastic button kind of guy, but for my tweed peacoat I've opted for horn.
They were a bit more costly than the brown plastic ones (immediately below), but not ridiculously so.
I stopped sewing earlier than usual today. I needed to shop for buttons, and frankly, I was spent. I did manage to topstitch my collar, lapels, and coat front edges, and to attach my sleeves.
Remember how I complained about there being WAY too much ease in the sleeve of this coat pattern? Well this time around the sleeve fit perfectly with very little easing. I did deepen the pocket a scad, but that still doesn't explain the difference so I'm at a loss. The sleeves went on perfectly the first try with no adjustments needed. There's still some light pressing to do, and then I have to decide if the sleeves need more support or not. The coat front/sleeve seam has hair canvas in it (as per Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket), the back has a back stay, and there's muslin backing in the sleeve cap. Still, I will do some research on sleeve heads.
|I think this needs a sleeve head to shape the sleeve cap a bit.|
After much testing, I have decided to make my own buttonholes. The tweed is actually very easy to sew through, even with multiple layers of interfacing, and seems to fit under the buttonholer. I find the Jonathan Embroidery experience rushed and impersonal, and the result, while certainly professional looking, isn't much different from what I can achieve with my Singer buttonholer. The tweed is easy to cut through and, since the outer facings were fused, the cut is clean (as opposed to raggedy).
This is thrice around with ordinary poly thread.
Thank you for your suggestions yesterday regarding my lining and lining pocket. I still haven't decided how to proceed; I'll take a day or two to decide. I don't need this project finished till next Wednesday, which feels like a lot of time to me.
And that's it. I think I need an evening away from this coat.
Have a great weekend, everybody!
|Willy ponders the meaning of life.|