Why am I smiling in this picture? Because I have vanquished the Background Dress! Gertie prevails! This sucker is DONE, folks! Lots of self-indulgent pictures after the jump.
As you can see, I figured out the link buttons - thanks to all of your suggestions!
I waxed the thread and ironed it. And then set up a little rig on my tailors ham to keep the tension between the buttons.
I also made the accompanying scarf in a silk chiffon - pale blue with white polka dots.
I tried all of the scarf tricks from the pattern envelope. This was my favorite:
And this one made me feel ridiculous. The model in the book wears it this way. Alas, it is not for me.
Here it is with the collar turned down. Sporty!
I also tried a sweater guard.
The bound buttonholes came out very nicely.
And they look just as good on the inside, if I do say so myself. (And I know, I totally owe you guys a video tutorial on this. Coming, I promise!)
I got the belt made from Pat's Custom Buttons and Belts. I love Pat!
Another VoNBBS project complete! Eight down, six to go . . . Thanks for all the moral support on this one, readers.