I find myself in dark, uncharted territory right now, readers: I am questioning the wisdom of Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing. You see, the Background Dress is finished (!) and I'm working on its accessories: the link buttons and the scarf. (You may recall that the Background Dress has several different ways to wear the neckline, which incorporate these accoutrements.) My current problem is the link buttons, as illustrated above. What the heck are link buttons, you ask?
This little accessory is quite neat, really - just two buttons linked together, much like cuff links. And they can then be worn through the bound buttonholes at the collar of the dress, as illustrated by the gal with half a head on the upper right of this envelope:
Aren't they cute? I just wish mine would go together easily. VoNBBS instructs us to thread the buttons with four strands of buttonhole twist, and then cover the strands with blanket stitches.
Here's the full instructions. Click to enlarge!
Now, here's what happened to me. It was going fairly well, and then: Major knottage! Also, I'm just not loving the look of it.
On the left side, where the blanket stitches are not all tangled up - doesn't it look kind of cheesy and amateurish? Is this my fault or the fault of the method, do you think? It just seems like there must be a more professional-looking way to do this. I'm thinking perhaps something involving a strand of jewelry chain and some pliers. But I'm no jewelry maker. And so I come to you crafty, clever readers for help!
What do you think? Should I go back to square one with the buttonhole twist? Or do you have any brilliant suggestions for how to make this work better? Any and all help is appreciated!
And then it's on to the next accessory: a bias cut scarf made of pale blue silk chiffon with white polka dots. That will have a hand-rolled hem, no less! Hmm, something's making me think that the dress was only half the battle with this project . . .