Let's get back to my green overalls, shall we?
Because they've been essentially finished for a couple of weeks now.
But not technically finished.
And certainly not wearable yet.
What's the Big Hang Up, you ask?
Well. I can tell you it wasn't attempting a complicated, British pattern (written in English, sure, but I'm just gonna say that British-English and American-English are not the same, and there are slight - but key - differences in phrasing and nomenclature when it comes to sewing instructions).
And the instructions using only metric measurements didn't throw me at all (because I just used my metric measuring tools).
It wasn't the level of detail in the making. And it wasn't the topstitching (I secretly love topstitching).
It wasn't the fact that I slipped up with my seam ripper and made a little slice in the bibs. (After running them through 4 or 5 wash/dry cycles to soften up the canvas, I actually like the "weathered" look that little slice gives the bib. Not even gonna mend it.)
It wasn't the fit. (They do.)
It wasn't the buttonholes. (I did have to rip one, because it was wonky. But I'm fine with ripping/re-doing buttonholes.)
What WAS the big hang up in getting these things finished?
It was the hardware. The damn jeans buttons!
You know . . . the ones with the rivets on the back? The ones you need to hammer into place?
I've never installed jeans buttons before . . . and they freaked me (the hell) out. I almost chickened out and just used sew-on buttons. But, shoot. I'd gone full-on authentic with this particular pair of overalls, and damnit . . . I wanted the authentic buttons!
So I watched YouTube video after YouTube video about installing jeans buttons. It looked easy. But. . . each of them talked about the importance of using some sort of heavy iron base to do the pounding. A cast iron skillet would be fine, they all said. But I don't have one. So I stewed and hemmed and hawed . . . and finally broke down and purchased a little mini-anvil (about $10 from Amazon).
It arrived yesterday!
(It looks like it belongs in the scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel . . . where they use tiny tools to dig themselves out of prison!)
Let the pounding begin!
And right out of the gates, too. It really is as simple as the YouTube videos make out . . . to install those damn jeans buttons. Especially when you can pound away - safely and securely - on an iron base. (Satisfying, too. There's just something very cathartic about hammering the shit out of something, y'know?)
In no time at all, I had installed all six jeans buttons, and figured out the slide/fastener for the straps!
They're Just What I Wanted!
And . . . I have tackled my Big Hang Up!
And when Tom gets home (he's up north, opening our cabin and discovering that we need a new water heater), I'll have him take some pictures of me and I'll show you the full glory of these overalls soon.
How about you? What are you making this week?
Note: My overalls are actually the shade of green in the last photo. They are a perfect Mr. Green Jeans shade of green. Kind of spring-y, but not super bright.