Vlog: Buttonhole anxiety, pattern purging and #mmmay17

May 7, 2017 6 Comments

Vlog: Buttonhole anxiety, pattern purging and #mmmay17

May 7, 2017 6 Comments

A new sewing vlog, recorded this very Monday when we had a national holiday in Sweden (honoring International workers day). Follow me to the gym, hear why I meditate before sewing buttonholes, what a mess my pattern collection is – and a lot more! Also in the video, I apparently can’t tell the difference between a Samsung and an Iphone, I blame that on the fact that I have both! (Iphone for work and a cheap android for personal use). Or perhaps is just that I’m just old 😉

Links to stuff mentioned in this video:

Cuffs with thumbholes (a sewing tutorial)

My big list of sewing podcasts

Making many buttonholes quickly (using the method I talk about in the video)

Buttonhole cutter (Amazon affiliate link)

The seamfoam green sateen blouse I’m working on in the video

Another Dymo label maker sewing organisation project

My finished MMMAY17 image on Instagram

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  • PsychicSewerKathleen May 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I notice you showed a sample button with a number on it…are these something you can buy? What are they called? For button placement I use the Simflex Buttonhole Marking Tool which has saved me gulps of time 🙂 You have days very much like mine 🙂 I go off to my fitness centre in the AM to swim, do some pilates and sit in the sauna – home to do some work and sewing. I TRY to rid myself of patterns after I’m finished with them and am sure I won’t make them again. Sometimes I know that for sure…other times I’m not so sure so it might take me a month or 2 to decide but I just don’t have the space to save that many when I’m always buying them!

    • Johanna May 8, 2017 at 11:11 am

      It’s just the regular button, that I was using for the blouse. Not sure why there are numbers on it. I think the button is vintage, the place I buy most of my buttons specializes in stocks with vintage buttons. So perhaps it’s an old thing? I’m considering getting the Buttonhole Marking Tool, it looks very nifty! But then again I like doing some calculating to keep my math brain alive, sewing is a good way for that I think 🙂

  • Faye Lewis May 7, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Great vlog this morning!

  • Nadine in NC May 7, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    First, you can iron pattern tissue if you have a pattern you want to save. I even sometimes use a little steam to make it go quicker. Secondly, like a previous poster I use a Simflex for buttonhole spacing as well; it just saves the mental effort of doing the math. You’ll love your buttonhole cutter when it arrives. I just add a small touch of seam sealant (usually with a pin) to the middle of my buttonhole and let it dry before cutting it to get a really professional looking buttonhole. Can’t wait to see your finished blouse.

    • Johanna May 8, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Good to know that ironing a tissue pattern is safe and that a little steam can be used. I have more patterns in that state, so very nice to know that there is a solution. I’m very excited for my button hole cutter to arrive, from the pics and videos I’ve seen the cut is cleaner than when the opening is done with a seam ripper. I like your idea of using a seam sealant, I will try that too!

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