I finally feel ready to post about this Matilda dress that I made during the sewalong, after a buttonhole disaster at the 11th hour. Is there anything worse than finishing a garment completely, then ruining it in the final step? Who wants to join my idiot club?
When it comes to cutting open buttonholes, i’ve never seen the use in buying a buttonhole cutter, and have always used my seam ripper. I was perfectly happy living on the edge, having imagined myself perfectly capable of avoiding cutting through the buttonhole. I was wrong. I sliced right through the buttonhole just below the waistband. I was gutted, and I didn’t take it well. There were tears.
On the plus side, I have now learnt to place a pin at the end of my buttonholes before slicing them to prevent this – which is one of those little tricks I can’t believe I never learnt before. Sigh.
I was so upset that I couldn’t bring myself to tackle fixing it for quite some time. I couldn’t cut a new placket because I had run out of fabric, and the fabric was from a Morrison sale and was all sold out. But if i’m 100% honest, even if i had leftover fabric, i don’t think i would want to, because it would be removing the collar stand too, and it just felt like a lot to unpick and possibly ruin in the process.
SO I posted about this slice job on Instagram to see if anyone had any ideas for how to fix it, and gosh did everyone deliver! I received so many thoughtful ideas for how to mend or cover a sliced buttonhole. The most common suggestion was to simply zig zag over the slice with thread that was a close match to the fabric. So that’s what i did. I also extended the buttonholes to try and mask it a bit. Below is what it looks like now.
I’m not going to lie to you and tell you i am 100%-over-the-moon-thrilled-to-bits with this fix, because i’m just not. But it will do. It doesn’t seem to bother anyone except me, so i’m trying my best to forget it’s there. One of the little things that still bugs me about this fix, is that I wasn’t able to completely unpick the buttonholes and resew them, as since i’d already sliced them open, trying to unpick them was making a giant mess – so instead i sewed longer buttonholes on top of the old ones. Which made the buttonholes very bulky.
The thing i find the most irritating, and please forgive me for being a whiner, is that I had saved this fabric to make myself an exact copy of the pattern sample. And I just feel disappointed that it isn’t perfect.
Which i think in itself is a good lesson – if you hold yourself to perfection as the standard, you’ll never be happy.
Having said all of that, and let all of my whining out – the more I wear it, the more I forget about the mended buttonhole, and just enjoy the dress. Which is good, because I had been dreaming of making this exact dress for such a long time, and it feels SO good to finally wear it and enjoy it.
I feel really good wearing it, and it has definitely become my current go to dress for any occasion where i want to feel a bit put together, and that my friends, is a win in my book!
So what do you think about this fix? Do you think it looks ok? Have you ever sliced through a buttonhole at the end of a project, and if so how did you fix it? It’s ok, we can cry together LOL.