Do you have a sewing task that you have avoided because of repeated failures? For me it has been sewing buttonholes. When I started sewing all those years ago, I wanted to make all the things! I had a good foundation in sewing and did not expect problems not of my own making. No matter how well prepared I was, I would have one or more failed buttonholes. It got to the point where I just decided it wasn't worth it to try and fail with them. I have a new sewing machine with digitally calibrated buttonholes. I figured it is time to tackle my fear.
Looking through the Riley Blake catalog at the Sweet Stems collection, I was inspired to make a floral shirt-dress. I was drawn to Sweet Stems Main Dark Blue and Sweet Stems Dots Green. The beauty of these prints could surely get me over my buttonhole aversion.
I wanted a pattern to use both of my fabric choices and reached into my vintage pattern stash and found Mccalls 4992.
This maxi shirt-dress pattern with its back/shoulder yoke and waist tie was a perfect canvas for these fabrics. The construction was a breeze and the buttonhole anxiety was much ado about nothing! All of the buttonholes sewed effortlessly on my Bernina 535. After stitching, I added Fray Check to the front and back of the buttonhole, allowed it to dry, then cut them open with my buttonhole cutter. This gives a cleaner cut to the threads and prevents frays over time.
I wanted to bring in a bit more of the contrasting fabric to the front of the dress. I used a button cover kit to make my own fabric buttons. It was a quick and easy process and a fun addition to this dress.
I am working on making a wardrobe of interesting yet, everyday wearable pieces. I love that this dress can serve as a layering piece over my staple of jeans and a t-shirt.
I love the ample crescent shaped side pockets that eliminates the need for a handbag for quick trips to pick the kids up from school.
I added simple thread carriers to the side and center back seams. Though not functional when worn open, I like the look of the belt tied in back.
The contrasting fabric balances the bold floral by adding an unexpected interest.
When I need to be more than casual Mama, I love wearing it as intended buttoned-up and with its' twice wrap around belt tie.
This is a slight departure from the dresses I normally make and I am liking it loads.
The belt pulls in the fullness in the back for a nice silhouette.
I love this dress and how I feel triumphant in finally getting past my problems with buttonholes.
What sewing related task do you avoid because of fear or failure? It took a machine upgrade to get me through it. What do you think will get you past yours?