Is sewing a lost art?

I’ve been sewing since I was young.  Probably due to there not being much else for a 10-year-old girl to do in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in the mid 90s.  Even a sewing needle through my index finger didn’t deter me!  Yes I had sewed my own finger and no I don’t want to talk about it.

I’m quite petite.  I have to take all my pants and jeans up.  I have to take some skirts and dresses up.  I have to take jacket sleeves up.  Given the amount of clothes I buy, I shudder to think how much money I would have bled if I paid a tailor to take up/in all my clothes.  It’s not just clothes (although I did make a pair of pants from scratch using a pattern in Year 10), I have also sewed a patchwork quilt (which my house guests use when they stay the night), pot holders (which my Mum still uses in her kitchen), and some strange wall ornament thing for my Mum that mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the years (probably intentionally).

Recently I bought a beautiful jacket from Marcs – the size 4 fit my arms perfectly but the body wouldn’t button up, and the size 6 buttoned up perfectly but the sleeves were too big.  I purchased the size 4 jacket with the intent to move the buttons out.

Marcs jacket originally

I’ve been wearing the jacket open like this

I unpicked the 3 exterior buttons and also the 3 buttons on the inside of the jacket called backing buttons or stay buttons (you can read more about it here).  To my disappointment, the backing buttons were not actually attached to the 3 exterior buttons like they’re supposed to be – they had been sewn on the inside for visual purposes only.  I had thought it was strange that the exterior buttons were so large but the inside buttons were miniscule.  Another clue was the exterior buttons have 4 holes whereas the inside buttons only have 2:

Top left: spare buttons I found to use as replacement backing buttons
Middle right: Marcs faux backing buttons
Bottom: Marcs exterior large buttons

I found some spare buttons lying around that were bigger with 4 holes which match the large exterior buttons better.  I moved the buttons 2 inches out and started sewing.  10 minutes later, I could button up the jacket!

10-minute job

Jacket: Marcs Italian Wool Melton Asymmetric Button Jacket
Tee: red/white striped long-sleeved tee from Amsterdam
Jeans: Nudie Tight Long John in Flat Blue
Shoes: Michael Kors tan leather perforated ballet flats


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