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Boysenberry Pastry Blouse with Handmade Buttonholes

Added Jun 23, 2010

by sunnilj9

Cedar City, Utah...






This is a blouse I made from a vintage McCall’s 1980’s pattern. I’m a real sucker for this kimono sleeve look. I just LOVE it. I also had a thing for this dobby dot stuff when it came out (from Anna Maria Horner’s Dobby Dot Voiles). I love the colors these came in. And the voile fabric is just perfect for summery weather. I mean really, this pattern and this fabric = a match made in heaven. This blouse is also special as its donning some handmade buttonholes. There are six of these babies. And though they may not look like too much, they are. These were a major feat for me. I’ve done one handmade buttonhole on various garments, but never actually done a whole shirt front with them. These were….involved. They are very beautiful, albeit not perfect, but I am still an amateur. I will say that getting all the materials together for these buttonholes was interesting. There is nowhere around my neck of the woods that sells buttonhole twist or buttonhole gimp. I found some buttonhole twist online, however was not able to pick and choose the weight. For gimp I ended up using the buttonhole thread from Coats and Clarks.

Since I wanted these buttonholes to have bit of pop and zing, because they were handmade, I made them in a contrasting buttonhole twist. Adding the mustard colored buttons was just a bit of fun, you know. I got the idea of sewing the buttons with the “crow’s feet” threading from the book, The Sewing Bible. I seriously can’t recommend this book enough. There are great handmade details like this scattered all over in it.

For more details on the blouse visit my blog here and for more on the buttonholes visit here.

Material Notes

dobby dot cotton voile, thread, buttonhole thread, buttonhole silk twist, buttons




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Jun 25, 2010, 03.13 AMby missdandy

    Fantastic blouse! That fabric is amaaaazing!!!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 10.26 AMby keren

    beautiful and inspiring as always. I love the color and the meticulous detail. Great blouse! Beautiful color. I had no idea buttonholes could be done by hand!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 08.58 PMby 5294sandras

    I love you top!!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 08.50 AMby geotmack

    Gorgeous shirt and gorgeous colour!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 05.30 AMby dschudie

    made in heaven, you´re right :-D it´s awesome and you´re looking so sexy!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 04.56 AMby carolyn-s

    Wow, sounds like this was a major exercise, and worth it. Your shirt is just gorgeous, and the buttonholes are works of art. No wonder you are thrilled with them! It’s beautiful!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 03.53 AMby rifka

    Looks fantastic. I’m going to have to check out that Dobby Dot Voile.

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    Jun 23, 2010, 03.23 AMby tinybows

    oh yessssssssssss.

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    Jun 23, 2010, 03.06 AMby wzrdreams

    LOVE. The color, the pattern, the buttons, the holes, the crows feet, the pictures…. everything just makes me want to rush right out and copy it. Great job!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 02.35 AMby caramia-made

    I already spotted this on your blog and was smitten! Love it!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 02.33 AMby evildaemonlady

    Oh wow, those buttonholes look great! The shirt is fabulous – I love the color.

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