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Versatile buttonhole shawl

Added Dec 29, 2010

by lekuk

Barcelona, Spain






I was inspired by Lia’s wonderful Multi Reversible Cape and made one for a friend introducing some changes to the original project.

It is a super fun to use accessory and not so difficult to make if you dare make machine buttonholes.

The shawl can be buttoned up in an infinite number of ways, and because it’s made with only buttonholes, you are not limited as you would be if you had sewn both buttonholes and buttons on it.

The trick is to bind two buttons cuff link style, I made mine using sturdy embroidery ribbon, with knots in between to give enough space to button comfortably. I had 10 buttons in hand and so I ended up with 5 “cuff links”.

Material Notes

Made with vintage kimono silk (from a bolt), using two different fabrics. Because the width of the kimono fabric is always around 35 or 36 cm, I’ve sewn together two lengths of each fabric to get the size I needed.

It’s a great project to use your stash of kimono silk. I’ve used 2,30 meters of each kimono fabric.

10 buttons (I’ve used wooden buttons, just shy of 3 cm diameter).

Strong embroidery ribbon to tie the buttons in pairs cuff link style.

The whole project (including buttonholes) was sewn with polyester thread.



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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic


Lia's multi reversible cape

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    Dec 30, 2010, 01.49 AMby liaspace

    Definitely loving it :) and thanks for posting it here ;)

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      Dec 30, 2010, 10.17 PMby lekuk

      Thank you for inspiring me!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 01.21 AMby ozkt

    Lovely material and great project. Will add to my To Do List!

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