I have two instruction books. The one that came with the pattern and the electronic version that I purchased for extra help. Unfortunately, the books don't follow the same order and I had to unpick some of my progress in order to begin the buttonholes.
First, I had to trace a tiny little template onto my fabric 8 times for the button hole, 8 times for the binding, 4 times for the facing, and 4 times for the facing binding. Let's not forget six times for my practice button holes.
Yes, I said practice. Having never sewn these little babies before, I wasn't about to cut into my fabric without some practice.
Here we go on the practice using leftover fabric from this project.
Not too bad for a first try. One little mistake on the side, but I never made the same mistake again.
On to the real fabric.
Here is my first bound button hole on the jacket. It actually worked and looks fairly decent.
This is my favorite part. The instructions suggested that the button holes be basted together while working on the rest of the jacket. I felt so professional and seamstress-y doing this.
I then sewed the front to the back at the shoulder seams, and that is as far as I've gotten. I've added photos of the inside of the jacket for those of you who like to see construction details. I love the princess seam in the back.
I need a break now! Those darn bound buttonholes took me forever. Much, much longer than suggested. Here's hoping next time around will be faster!
By the way, "button holes" or "buttonholes"? What do you think?