Saturday, November 16, 2013

It took twelve years to sew these buttons on!

Did you know some people get rid of clothes when a button falls off? Or use a stapler to hem pants? Incredible but true! I have seen this with my own eyes! Not us sewers though. Personally, I love delving into the 'Not Quite Right" pile, doing some mending or tweaking.  Its a nice diversion from a long project or a way to feel productive when you're in a sewing fugue.

As long as it not someone else's mending! Your pants are too long? Let me get the stapler!

I think I made this coat around 2000. I know, pretty crazy mid-century modern, right?

I must have started cutting before it was all laid out, because it was a might short in the sleeve department.  It was a vintage pattern (it even has a shoulder dart) and was supposed to have 3/4 length sleeves but ended up with something more like 5/8th or 11/16th  sleeves! I did wear it, but those no-mans-land length sleeves always bothered me so last winter I decided to look for some fabric to add onto the sleeves. This fur jumped out at me like a rabid fake fur animal!

And finally this week, after 13 years, it has closure!

I made this shirt dress two years ago but never really wore it. I decided to cut it off to a tunic length and see if that helped. I'm not sure if it has, but I have worn it once. I really should make a shirt from this pattern.

This next jacket was made as a muslin, but I liked it enough to keep it. I copied it from a RTW jacket I thrifted.  I got the fabric off the free table at a sewing club, but didn't have enough for facings & I put these old coat buttons on it.  It always bugged me the way the button drooped, so I  switched the buttons. Much better!


 I'm currently working on another of these jackets and I'm very excited about it!


  1. It's wonderful when I clean out those old projects, one way or another. Lovely results.

  2. Let me get the stapler....I about died laughing. Then I read the 11/16ths part...