October 21, 2010 by Janna Roznos
Slowly making progress on my Burda blazer. The fronts are sewn and I have tailored tacked the roll line and the button placement.
I have practiced the bound buttonholes again and again. I plan on using the jacket fabric for the bound buttonholes rather than the yoke fabric (the black wool). The yoke fabric is just too thick to make a nice bound buttonholes.
I have tried many different methods for bound buttonholes but the best technique I have found is outlined in Kenneth King’s book Cool Couture.
I also tried a new technique for stabilizing the back armscye, which is also from Kenneth King. He wrote an article about staying the curve in the back armscye with a cut of cross grain muslin. Here I have formed (with my iron) the cross grain muslin to fit the armscye.
Tonight I finished the bound buttonholes on the sleeve vent and tomorrow night I will do the other sleeve vent. And, here is all the buttons I have been auditioning. I have eliminated the ones on the cards. The large buttons will be for the front and the smaller ones along the sleeve vent. I know they don’t match, but they are antique buttons from my stash that I want to use.
And since this blazer is ‘vintage’ well, is 1997 vintage? Okay, so maybe the blazer isn’t ‘vintage’ but everything I am using (fabric/buttons/wigan/hymo interfacing) is from my stash. The only item I need for this blazer is lining and I am going to Mood Fabrics on Saturday – so hopefully I will find some lovely silk charmeuse that will be perfect for lining – if not, I guess I will settle for lining fabric from JoAnn’s.