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my grandma’s buttons

May 19, 2011

I’m sorry I’ve been a bit quiet lately. My excuse is that with my sewing skills improving, the designs in my head get more and more complex too. Or at least more labour intensive. The fabric I work with for this blouse is a very thin satin viscose. I tried sewing it on my regular straight stitch machine with a special micro-needle, but the fabric just damages and I have to sew the whole blouse by hand.. which takes forever as you can imagine. Yesterday I finished the neckline, and I found the perfect button for it: one of the glass buttons I inherited from my grandma. I’ve never known her, but apparently she was a great craftress as well.

In the mean time I’m busy with the preperation of next week’s celebration of this blog’s one year anniversary. To share the fun, and to raise a bit of money so I can continue doing this, I decided to sell a few dresses on etsy. Have a look, and maybe one on my dresses can be yours!

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9 comments

  1. Your grandmother’s glass buttons are beautiful. They’re a rare – and terribly expensive – thing, your buttons. Have you ever done an eBay search for glass buttons? Do, there are real gems out there. Those were the days. The stories those buttons could tell you.


  2. I love the vintag button. What a perfect touch. One of my friends’s grandma’s used to cut the buttons off every garment before she retired them. She inherited her collection and it’s magnificant.


  3. Very pretty buttons, I inherited most of my sewing things form my grandma also


  4. I’m brand new to your blog but already much inspired. I’ve encountered your yin yang bag elsewhere online (can’t recall where) and I think it’s genius! As I am nuts for pintucks, this neckline immediately draws me in. Looking forward to reading more.


  5. Great job you have done. It’s really very pretty button.


  6. Have you tried a tricot-needle for this fabric? Maybe it causes no damage because it has a blunt tip.


    • For thin, silk-like fabrics I always use a microtex needle. I’m not sure if a tricotneedle would work, I’ll try it next time!


  7. Your design is really innovative. is there a picture of the finished work! Would love to see it. I am going to try smocking (your pattern) for the first time today.


    • No complete picture I’m afraid.. I do wear the top a lot though :). Great that you got inspired to start smocking! Let me know the result



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