Let's talk buttonholes for a bit, shall we?
I think Jonathan Embroidery is a great resource, especially for garments that are tricky to fit under a standard vintage Singer or Greist buttonhole attachment, or for a garment you're afraid you'll ruin for one reason or another.
Every buttonhole is going to have some stray threads that will need to be trimmed -- it's a combination of the thread from the shirting and the interfacing. Over time, these threads disappear.
Up top is the buttonhole I had made at Jonathan Embroidery. Below are buttonholes I've made with my Singer buttonholer(s). As you can see, they're slightly oval. If your machine does a buttonhole anchored by satin stitches at either end, your buttonhole may look more like the one from Jonathan Embroidery, i.e, rectangular.
I think for a cotton shirt, a home buttonholer is all you need. (I demonstrate my favorite vintage Singer buttonholer here.)
Here's Michael in the completed blue cotton/poly shirt I made on Thursday. He wore it to the opera last night. I stayed home and watched a creepy Sixties Japanese film, The Face of Another. If you liked Eyes Without a Face, this film is for you.
And here I am. Not my favorite shirt but it's a good color for us both.
It felt like spring at the flea market this morning. (You start seeing more sewing machines when the weather improves for some reason.)
I got seven CD's for a dollar each -- a songbird treasure trove!
I also picked up this old shoe shine kit. I needed new shoelaces for my desert boots, and the perfect ones were inside the box. I ended up buying the whole thing.
I love my Clark's desert boots, but the laces wore out in a month -- pathetic.
Do they even make shoelaces in the USA anymore?
So much other fun stuff in this box!
I almost always come home from the flea market feeling like 90% of the stuff manufactured today is crap. (Actually, the feeling is rage.) But what can you do -- other than frequent flea markets?
Have a great day, everybody, and keep on sewing!
|Some things HAVE gotten better -- hot chocolate this morning!|