This is not the first time in my many years of sewing that I fell in love with buttons and designed an outfit around them! I often use pretty buttons as the focal point and keep the rest of the outfit simple. Pattern #133 had the look I was going for and navy DMC floss tied the white pique’ fabric and white and navy buttons together.
To keep things simple, I added a Running Stitch to the collar. Is there a secret for keeping the stitching straight and even? Yes there is!
Cut out the collars; starch and press. Using a wash-away marker, mark the seam allowance around the outer edge of the collar. Thread the sewing machine with thread the same color as the collar. Set the stitch length to the length you would like your Running Stitch and stitch 1/4″ from the seam allowance. Thread a hand sewing needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss and stitch the Running Stitch close to the machine stitching using it as a guide. When the stitching is completed, tie off the floss and pull out the machine stitching. Attach the lining to the collar and complete the garment. 🙂
Little tricks and tips go a long way to achieve a profession look.