Love beautiful garments with fine details? Aspire to the kind of finish that might be expected in a couture house or high end boutique?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the budget to buy loads of couture, but I do think that if anyone is interested in fine sewing and learning about techniques, it does help to have a few examples on hand to study. I have about 6-7 items that I have collected over time that use techniques I really like. (I guess that is still a “collection”, albeit a very minute one)! This early-mid 60s Jacques Heim jacket is one of them. Beautifully lined, a two piece sleeve and for the most part pattern matched… it features gorgeous bound buttonholes that I thought I would share in case anyone else wanted to see how such a garment looked and was finished. Heim is one of my fav 40s-60s designers alongside Griffe, Fath, Schiaparelli and McCardell (to name a few)! Heim did license a number of designs as Vogue Paris Original patterns during this era.
Claire Shaeffer has produced a great Tailoring Techniques book that features the bound buttonhole if anyone is looking for another great resource, to yield professional resource. I was watching it last night whilst feeding my little girl! 🙂 Here is an interesting podcast if you are interested in what Claire is all about but her book Couture Sewing is a must have… I also sometimes refer back to her first book, The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts which was focused more on high end ready to wear, than couture.