Friday, December 11, 2009

Lapel and Buttonholes

Two firsts for me:
A lapel roll
Triangular bound buttonholes.

And of course both techniques came from Roberta Carr :))
The lapel roll is constructed using cotton cording and hair canvas. I couldn't find the very thick cording so I used many thinner ones instead. Not perfect but it works. I held my powerful gravity iron upright and added plenty of steam and then let it cool off.

The triangular buttonholes were surprisingly easy. I used the same silk charmeuse I'm using for lining and they look pretty good and tie in with the angular design of both the fabric and the coat. And the fabric markers arrived and, although not completely fixing the problem, reduces it a bit.
Below is the facing buttonhole which I just did as a regular rectangle.

Thank you Digs for that fabulous explanation on ottoman fabric. Here's the page Ottoman fabric at
I didn't know this resource existed so a double thank you for that.

And Nancy; so happy the sleeves on your fabulous jacket worked out!


  1. Thanks Birgitte for posting about the lapel roll. I've read it in the book and forgotten about it. You coat is very special with these buttonholes.

  2. OMG that coat is going to be fabulous! I think I've said this before, but if Kenneth King ever teaches or speaks in LA, you must go see him. I think you two are kindred spirits. Do you have his book Cool Couture? Your spectacular buttonholes brought him to mind because that's the kind of touch he loves and always tries to incorporate.

  3. You gotta give us newbs a tutorial on those triangular buttonholes - pleeeeze!

  4. I love Roberta Carr's book. These details look amazing :)

  5. This is the perfect coat for those triangular buttonholes. Carr's book is really worth having; after years of borrowing it from the library I finally bought it awhile back.
    Your advice is always spot on. I did a sample of the nailheads, and using jewelry pliers is both easy and accurate.

  6. The fabric you are using is fascinating. It really looks special with these details.

  7. The triangular buttonholes are perfect on that coat. It is going to be amazing.

  8. This coat is amazing already! I love the colors, but I'm a teal and plum kind of girl :-)I can't wait to see what you do with this. It IS so you!

  9. This coat is just increasing its chache by the moment! Perfect choice on the buttonholes.

  10. OMG, I want that fabric! That is beautiful. I'm so envious of the wonderful selection of fabric stores you have. The bound buttonholes are looking mighty fine. It's really going to be spectacular.

    Regarding your comments on my blog, those furry babies are mine. Can't believe that cat didn't scratch my eyes out. It's been in the high 50's here. Brrrrr.....I'm loving it!