I made two major deviations for this project. I had these four vintage buttons and worked out how to add them with in seam buttonholes Blog entry with in seam buttonhole details I love how they look and how they work, just slipping into that inseam quckly and without any buttonhole stretching. I've known about this technique for years and finally got to use it and am happy with the results. I also don't miss that top fifth button since the collar has plenty of overlap and also doesn't rub against my neck.
|Button sliding through that gap|
|This edge didn't do justice to this fabric.|
I mitred corners at the cape's six corners and placed it carefully over the serged and turned edge. Since the two fabrics had a tendency to move a little, I used a very narrow zig zag when sewing the two edges and that kept them together with a small amount of ease. I like the designer detail it gives to a very casual garment.
|Outside edge with two rows of stitching|
Petersham/ real grosgrain is generally made of rayon and you can tell the real thing because the edges have very definite loops. You can steam it into curves, whch is why it is so nice for waistbands and hat insides. The Sewing Place sells real petersham Don't be confused by the polyester grosgrain that you can buy at chain stores. Look at the edges and you will see that they are smooth and unribbed. You will not be able to shape polyester grosgrain.
One more reminder. I'll be selecting a winner for the Jalie 2919 pattern on Monday, Oct. 3 so please leave a comment, if you haven't done so already. I'll be away overnight celebrating my anniversary this wekend (24 years!) and will post a notice on Monday. Hope you have a happy weekend in your part of the world.