Do What You Gotta Do

18 Mar

Thank you for sharing the excitement about my tuxedo pants. I’ve worn them four times already — today included! I never realized what a difference black pants would make in expanding my wardrobe.

I’ve made minimal progress on my matching jacket le smoking. I mitered the sleeve hems but didn’t have black satin buttons to finish. I found them online for a great price, but balked at the $12 shipping. My Ducheese satin was too thick for the covered button kits. I was talking to Trena last night about trying to dye some grey satin buttons I had on hand. Out of the blue it occured to me I could sharpie them. Voila!

(Blackberry photo)

I’m going to DC tomorrow for a long bike ride with Trena. Netherlands bike trip is in six weeks! We’re going to also hit G street where I hope to find purple Bemberg to match my tuxedo pants. At this point, I may buy a bolt. I hate not having lining.

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24 Responses to “Do What You Gotta Do”

  1. Lindsay T March 18, 2011 at 14:23 #

    Black Sharpies are my best friends. Never got to tell you I love your tuxedo pants. Nice work, R!

  2. Elizabeth March 18, 2011 at 14:23 #

    OMG! Great minds think alike! I am going to sharpie the seam allowance on my faux fur skirt!!!

  3. Carolyn March 18, 2011 at 14:26 #

    *LOL* Now that’s ingenious!

  4. CGCouture March 18, 2011 at 14:45 #

    Awesome! I would never have thought to use a sharpie. Does it fade/bleed in the washer?

  5. Amanda S. March 18, 2011 at 15:26 #

    Great idea! I missed your post on the tuxedo pants, but they rock! Can’t wait to see the matching jacket!

  6. Summer (Our Heroine) March 18, 2011 at 16:21 #

    You are awesome!

  7. montanachic March 18, 2011 at 16:52 #

    I have used different colored sharpies on seam allowances and shoe scuffs.

    • Summer (Our Heroine) March 20, 2011 at 20:15 #

      How do you use the sharpie on seam allowances? I can’t imagine and am so curious!

  8. Bunny March 18, 2011 at 17:30 #

    Brilliant solution! Those tuxedo pants make you look like you wear a size 2. You do, don’t you?

  9. sarah in nyc March 18, 2011 at 18:03 #

    Don’t forget to heat set the buttons. A blowdrier is fine for the job, as is putting the buttons in the oven on low.

  10. Allison March 18, 2011 at 18:35 #

    you’re kind of my hero.

  11. Remnant March 18, 2011 at 20:16 #

    When I was a younger and lived in DC, I took an interesting bike ride a couple of times, starting at Thompson’s Boat House, across from the Watergate/Kennedy Center, biking 20 miles to Mt. Vernon – part on a path, part on roads. Picnic. Return.

    Google gave me these sites.

    Thompson’s Boat Center (wonder if one can still park there?):

    Mt Vernon Bike Trail:

    I’ll be visiting the DC area next week, staying again on Rockville Pike at the Hilton – a hop, skip and jump from G Street.

  12. Myra March 18, 2011 at 21:26 #

    Isn’t the Sharpie a great tool!!! I once got some kind of white stain (I think it was a splash of bleach) on my favorite black knit tee and instead of tossing it, I used the Sharpie!!! Great save on your buttons!!

  13. Rose in SV March 19, 2011 at 00:08 #

    Great idea! I’ve done something similar when after splashing bleach on black clothing. You might want to look for a sharpie laundry pen at the fabric store (or the stationery store)–the ink in the rub-a-dub laundry pens aren’t supposed to wash out.

  14. Renae March 19, 2011 at 07:45 #

    You are totally amazing with the things you do! I would have NEVER guessed to use a Sharpie…and have the buttons look SO GOOD!

    Thank you for your inspirations!

  15. kathleen March 19, 2011 at 12:56 #

    Sharpie dye job= genius!

  16. Kathi Rank March 19, 2011 at 13:10 #

    You are just now learning the value of black pants? When I had to dress for the office I had about 8 pair….different fabrics, different weight etc. and probably wore them 2-3 days a week. Welcome to the club, now watch out, you too will find that you need multiple pairs of black pants.

    Sharpies are the best tool in the sewing room – I bought a set of 12 different colors and have found a number of uses in the sewing room. If you find a faded line where pants or a skirt were hemmed and you now need to lengthen the garment – sharpie to the rescue, the zipper is a close color (like navy, but the garment is midnight navy) – sharpie to the rescue. I made a tote bag where I wanted a line of piping inside the bag in the lining – thought it would look great, but too fussy for a tote – again sharpie to the rescue.

    Looking forward to seeing the tuxedo jacket.

  17. christina March 19, 2011 at 19:06 #

    In the 30′s my mother, who hated sewing, had to hem a skirt for home ec class and didn’t have black hem tape–only white. Out came the bottle of black ink. She never sewed again but was a great support to me and pinned up hundreds of hems for my projects over 25 years.

  18. Colleen P. March 20, 2011 at 12:48 #

    I used a sharpie on a Harris tweed tote bag that I made, thinking I had black leather buttons in my stash-turns out they were brown leather buttons! They looked “okay” but a brisk rubdown with black sharpie and they looked PERFECT. Every fall when I dig out that bag I freshen up the buttons!

  19. Rosy March 21, 2011 at 11:11 #

    Wow What a great idea! Staining never occurred to me and a few buttons!

  20. Summerset March 21, 2011 at 16:20 #

    LOL. I can’t say I’ve never done something like that! ;)

  21. Kim Hood March 22, 2011 at 11:18 #

    I will buy a selection on sharpies next time I see them. Genius! (And remember to heat set them).

  22. Marie-Christine March 22, 2011 at 14:52 #

    The slapdash sewist is stressing me out on her behalf. What’s this smo-queengue thing when you only have a couple weekends left to sew biking clothes?!? You’re not going to meet the Queen, you’re going to sweat! Make something quick, I beg you :-)..


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