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Back buttoning Folkwear blouse; what goes over which?!
Working on Folkwear #205, Gibson Girl Blouse
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Date: 12/4/13 12:41 PM

I'm going nuts, because I've done this before, but I can't remember what I did! The original blouse opens in the back, but I made it (arrgh!) over 20 years ago! And I can't inspect my first one because it's somewhere at my mom's with all the other things I've sewn that no longer fit me!

I cut the back yoke piece as it's shown, two pieces, but cut the back piece as one whole piece, put in a placket, and put in the top 3 or 4 buttons because I don't have a maid, and now I can't remember anything about the blouse!

Here's my question: Looking at the RIGHT (fabric) side at the back of the finished blouse, which side laps OVER the other and has the buttonholes? Piece B shows fastening points for hooks-and-eyes, snaps, or buttons--but it doesn't say which side goes over the other for any of them!

And this is making me feel awfully stupid. I know I'm NOT stupid, I'm just missing some obvious instructions, either in the cryptic construction notes, or printed on the pattern pieces themselves. So, do I just flip a coin (hmm, what did I do with that 1802 penny I had in my shoe at my wedding?) (heads left, tails right?), or is there some kind of logic to the way women's clothing has been or is being made?
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Date: 12/4/13 12:48 PM

Make it overlap whichever way you can fasten it when it's on.

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Date: 12/4/13 2:20 PM

You should be able to google this as there is some tradition to which side has the buttons and which side has the buttonholes. Doing what is easy makes good sense. One member recently posted, though, to consider any pictures that might be taken when wearing the dress (blouse). Brilliant!!! If you generally turn to one side or the other for photos (your 'good' side) I'd put the buttonhole side on the side that might show in a photograph. Her reference was to a lapped zipper in her daughter's wedding dress. I would never have considered that extra detail.

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Date: 12/4/13 3:47 PM

If you enlarge Folkwear's own illustration, it seems to show the left back (as you look at the back) overlapping the right.

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