This is the project I teased earlier, and now am presenting for your enjoyment!
Recently I was given about 75 pounds of antique uniform buttons, primarily gold ones. The variety and quantity were dizzying, but I was determined to cover a jacket with them.
I have a short jacket pattern that I like making, so I decided to make this piece from black wool Melton–it’s a dense fabric that will hold the weight of so much metal hanging from it.
To make a project like this, you need to thread mark the stitching lines, and sew some of the seams before applying the buttons. Notice I’ve left quite a bit of fabric around the stitching lines; this is so I have enough fabric to accommodate shrinkage that occurs when the buttons are applied.
I decided to work from the shoulders down, applying the buttons evenly to front, back,…
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