I finished this little button-back shell this week:
You might recognise the orange spot fabric from this post!
It’s in that “new” shade of “Tangerine Tango” that according to Pantone is going to be in fashion next year…but quite frankly I thought it was in fashion last year. Well all the chain stores were full of it the summer before this one – I remember because I went shopping with my sister and tried some things on and that was when I decided I liked orange – the more intense the better! So either Pantone is a bit behind the times, or New Zealand is still catching up with the last time orange had it’s day!
Either way I really don’t care or pay attention to these things, I wear whatever takes my fancy when I get up in the morning. And if you need cheering up, try orange!
I used a pattern from 1964 – Simplicity 5441 – previously owned by Moire McCallum from 3H whatever that is. She had very kindly and neatly annotated all those perforations for me, so I knew which ones were straight grain and which were buttonholes – I would have rung and thanked her if the phone number had been current!
This is it straight out of the packet. It is quite boxy, and my modern instinct is to take it in at the waistline, but my vintage instinct is to keep to the authentic 60’s silhouette – oh, what to do?!
This fabric is a cotton voile, so I underlined it with Bemberg for opacity. I also turned under the edges of the facings as per the pattern instructions, a nice finish that I rarely use for fear of creating an impression on the outside, but the voile is lightweight enough to escape this.
Do you like my lovely buttonholes? I haven’t told you about my new toy yet have I? Actually there are two toys…..but that is for another day!