Teach your daughters to be intimidating in a pretty dress
I learned to make buttonholes a long time ago from my Nan, and my brain just needed a "refresher"... So the next time you are tempted to brag or put someone down who is "out there" helping other people with tutorials, don't bother, because we aren't interested and we happen to ENJOY and APPRECIATE all that Cal does.I also must comment on my feelings that common courtesy is just not common enough... If all you better-than-thou people can do it better, let's see it. Come on, we all want to learn your wonderful techniques. ROMANTIC writes: I make dresses for my 3 daughters and myself.
So I searched a tutorial for a refreshment of my skills and found yours was so simple and to the point.Hand-stitched buttonholes can add the finishing detail to all kinds of projects, and are the perfect complement to a handmade button. My mother taught me how to hand stitch a buttonhole a very long time ago but I have not done one in decades.I am sewing a dress for my daughter and I was terrified that after all the care I have taken in sewing, the buttonholes would ruin it.Take the needle around the cut edge to the wrong side, and pierce both layers so that the needle exits on the right side in the same place where it originally came out.Use this first stitch to anchor the top of your first blanket stitch by inserting the needle from right to left under the top of the stitch.So, just for further information, there is also stitch called *Buttonhole Stitch* or a *Tailor's Buttonhole* that looks similar but is quite different.
It is only a bit more involved, and it creates a more durable buttonhole because a very firm stable edge is created along the inner edge of the opening. if all you could do was write a post criticizing Cal Patch's hand sewn buttonhole and extolling YOUR "expertise" you should have kept it to yourself.
I know with practice I can make a buttonhole that is better looking that the one you used to illustrate, but then it would not be good for illustrating, and that was the point here.
My practice buttonhole was good enough so tomorrow I will finish the dress. By the way, the negative comments are out of place here. stephoneill writes: I cannot tell you how this post has helped me today!
Egdon writes: You've created the perfect vampire buttonhole, for vampires aren't able to see their reflection thus they wouldn't know how really, really bad this looks. I was led here by another blogger 'Smashed Carrots and Peas' and will now finish project with confidence.
Susan MLK - thank you for the belly laugh, sometimes I think mine hates me too!!
If you don't have access to a machine, or yours doesn't make particularly nice buttonholes (it happens), or you're making something delicate that might not survive the heavy needling of a machine-made hole, or you just want a handmade one for aesthetic reasons, a hand-stitched buttonhole could be the solution. All you'll need is some heavy-duty buttonhole or quilting thread (or embroidery floss), a needle, something to mark the placement with, and a ruler if you need to plan out the placement of several holes.