A few weeks ago, Karen from Did You Make That? asked if I was interested in attending a small teaching workshop she was planning on bound buttonholes. Was I interested? Was I?????? I've been dreading making the bound buttonholes for my Abbey coat, so the timing couldn't have been more perfect.
So yesterday I traversed London from west to east to meet Karen, along with Winnie from Scruffy Badger Time and Marie from A Sewing Odyssey. I couldn't think of a nicer, funnier, more stylishly dressed and just plain wonderful group of women I'd rather spend the day with! We were lucky enough to benefit from Karen's expert tutelage in the comfort of her lovely stylish home...
|Winnie and Marie hard at it|
|Winnie in action|
Karen has all the qualities you would expect of an excellent teacher: patience, bucket loads of encouragement and extraordinary attention to detail. Each of her 'students' was given pre-cut sections of fashion fabric and lining fabric to make the bound buttonholes with (I brought my own fashion fabric as I wanted to see how my actual coat fabric would behave), plus a professionally written and photographed ebook for us to refer to. Yes, I'll repeat that in case you can't quite believe what you're reading, a professionally written and photographed ebook….
|My buttonholes just after they'd been turned the right side round, apologies for the rubbish colour.|
This woman is BORN to teach a sewing course. Seriously, if anybody who runs courses is reading this, you have to snap her up. Being taught how to make bound buttonholes is not an opportunity you're given every day and as such, is worth its weight in gold. I for one would happily have handed over large sums of money to learn what I did yesterday. As it was, Karen very generously shared her knowledge with us out of the goodness of her heart. I'll stop there or I'm likely to start blubbing with gratitude.
So, as well as home-made chocolate cake, numerous cups of tea, fizzy wine, a fine dinner out and the company of three fabulous sewing buddies, what else did I come away with from my joyful day? Well, beforehand, I'd been quaking with fear at the thought of making bound buttonholes. And now? Now, I know I can make them and I know they're going to look absolutely perfect. How's that for confidence? All down to you Karen. x