Vintage Shirt Dress
Cuffs and Buttons
For moment, the bodice and sleeves are just about complete, which means that this weekend I'll be moving on to the skirt.
The cuffs are constructed in a similar manner to the collar - stitching the cuff with the facing to the wrong side of the sleeve and then turning the right side of the cuff over the stitching line on the outside and then hand stitching/top stitching that free edge over the seam line.
Here's the completed cuff, with button and buttonhole. Notice the pointed tab-like end of the cuff. It makes for an interesting little detail.
I only mentioned the buttons and buttonholes because there are 10 of them on the bodice. There are 4 on the front bands, 1 on the collar band, 1 on each cuff, and 3 on the collar. Two of the collar buttons are on the corners to make a button down style collar, and the third is on the center back of the collar. Take a look:
I have never made a garment with a button in this place. I can vaguely recall seeing one on a garment . . . . somewhere. Anyone know anything about this button position? Is it merely decorative or did it at one time have a true purpose?
BTW, I bought the buttons at Fabric Place in Woburn, MA on the way back from the vintage textile show. I finally found some I actually liked. Is it me or are decent buttons getting harder to find? Maybe it is the lack of choices I have around here. I was also able to find buttonhole elastic there, and bought the last two yards in the store. For the two success at Fabric Place, I did not have success in the velvet department. There was every color under the rainbow but no navy. I have ordered some silk velvet from Syfabrics, so watch for that when I get it.
Amongst other news today, I have been nominated a "Rocking Girl Blogger" once again, this time by Mary Beth! Thank you, Mary Beth! Since I've been nominated twice, I will definitely nominate others and get those posted!
I also found that I won a first place in the Pennsylvania National Quilt Show in the vest/coat division with the Waiting For Spring vest. Take a look at the winner's list.
Parting Shot: Today I received this gorgeous padfolio from Sue, whom I met on Monday at the vintage textile show. Check out the vibrant colors! I also love the closure with the single rhinestone. Thank you so much, Sue - it's beautiful and interesting to note how you make your padfolios!