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Colette Ceylon AKA Dress with 16 handmade buttonholes

Added Dec 27, 2012

by cathytxtwfr

Ouidah, Benin






Finally! The dress quickly came together, but I am using a straight stitch only machine, so my only option for buttonholes were to do them by hand. I did dread making them, but in reality they aren’t too bad.

I also visited a sewing supply shop to have the fabric covered buttons made as I don’t have a machine for that.

I love this dress, especially with contrast pieces for the yokes and sleeves.

I wrote more on my sewing blog:


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    Dec 28, 2012, 04.49 PMby prettysewinggirl

    I hope you will visit some other African regions too!!! – South Africa is beautiful and it satisfy many desires :) All the best with your contract! Ps – I’ve spent some time reading your blog(s) including the posts on your world travels – wow – so inspiring!!!! Made me think again about my dream to travel some world regions… well, all the best and happy sewing!

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    Dec 28, 2012, 08.57 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Its beautiful – I absolutely love the material!!!!!!! you did a wonderful job =) ps- so nice to see fellow african continent sew enthusiasts :) I’m in South Africa!

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      Dec 28, 2012, 03.58 PMby cathytxtwfr

      yeah! perhaps i’ll visit at the end of my contract – i’m so curious to see what africa outside of west africa is like as i am sure it is completely different world.

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    Dec 28, 2012, 05.24 AMby sala22

    I love the contrast shoulders!

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      Dec 28, 2012, 03.59 PMby cathytxtwfr

      they’re my favorite part too, thank you

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    Dec 28, 2012, 05.13 AMby 2bfabulous

    Very lovely dress.

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    Dec 27, 2012, 03.07 PMby Mary Athey

    Wnat a lovely dress. This is.fab on the.fabrics.x

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      Dec 28, 2012, 03.59 PMby cathytxtwfr

      contrast is just great for toning down busy patterns

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