The Colette Ceylon is finished! Or as I prefer to call it, the dress with sixteen handmade buttonholes.
The dress quickly came together. I added a bias tape hem to it as well as I wanted to reinforce the contrast fabric that I used for the shoulders/yoke piece. The dress was finished, except for one very important part: the 16 buttons that close it in the front.
But there is a silver lining here: fabric covered buttons. As I felt the buttons on the Ceylon dress were too important to just use whatever buttons, I decided to go with fabric covered buttons which I knew would match my shoulders/joke and bias tape hem contrast piece. First the shopkeeper, with the aid of a helper, cut my fabric into long strips.
From those long strips she folded them and cut out circles. I noticed for each button she cut out 3-4 layers of fabric – I suppose its to make the fabric stronger and to keep the metal underneath from showing.
Here came the real work. The making of the buttonholes. As my machine has no zig-zag stitch, handmade is the only option I have. I first outlined by buttonholes with chalk, then reinforced the edges with some stitches, and finally cut a slit in the middle. Sixteen times. (Actually, first I hand basted the facing so it wouldn’t move around behind.)
Then I sewed, by hand, the buttonholes. Sixteen times. They aren’t the prettiest, but they are done! On average it took me about 20-30 minutes per buttonhole. so I’d do about 3-4 a day (to save my eyes from all the strain) and after about five days, the buttonholes were finished. But not the dress, not quite yet.
Like bringing in props, such as his motorcycle. And telling me to cross my legs. See how good he is, I wouldn’t have thought of it, but the crossing of the legs really “activates” the photo in that it makes the eye move around more with all the lines changing directions.