One of the things that has been so daunting about completing my French Couture Jacket are all the buttonholes. There are 14 total - 4 on the front, 3 on each sleeve and one on each of the 4 pockets. Each buttonhole requires multiple steps. First you stitch a little rectangle (with your machine) using really tiny stitches, then you cut a slit and then proceed to hand finish this with lots of tiny blanket stitches around the entire hole. If this weren't enough, then you must create a bound buttonhole on the back (lining) side, using welts from your lining and then making a lovely hand stitched finish on each buttonhole on the lining side. Quite a process.
So, then the body of the jacket gets worked on, buttonholes and all. Then, moving on to sleeves, those get completed. But, as the finish line approaches, there are FOUR MORE POCKETS to complete and attach to the jacket. AND, each of those pockets is a little study in the whole process. This Jacket is testing my practice in patience for sure. As each section is completed, however, it is really all coming together and overall, I'm very pleased with the results.
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how the pockets are put together, after the hand stitched buttonhole is completed -
And it's done! (well at least one of them) Hooray! Now I just need to stitch the pockets onto the body and attach the sleeves, finish the sleeve lining at armholes and sew the chain onto the bottom edge. Oh, and sew on all the buttons as well.
At this point, I would like to thank the cast and crew of the STARZ series Outlander, without which this jacket would not even be close to being finished. I've been thoroughly entertained throughout this entire process. Thank you Jamie!!! (and now you know the true secret to my success).
Until next time, Happy Sewing!