Indecisiveness gets me ever time
Random Wednesday. Total Exhaustion Version

The Plan

It's still too hot to do a proper photo shoot of Vino; today was TROPICAL hot, and I'm trying not to complain.  I did wear it last week, but it was dark and this coat needs great lighting (don't we all?).  It's a great coat.  I decided when I was making it to not do the buttonholes so I had lots of closure options when I was finished, including the possibility of none at all.

After wearing it I decided I needed something.  I love toggles and found some at Fabricland.

Whatdaya think?



I think they'll be perfect. Thing is, I haven't got a clue how to put them on. They are just string glued to leather triangles, so I will need to sew down the string to ensure it stays on (or go with better glue, one fell off already). I'm not so lucky with the sewing machine (in fact, every time I take it out, I also want to take the hammer to it), so I might take it to a seamstress for a professional job.

Any of you smart readers have suggestions? Something that would help either my attempts of my instructions to whomever I hire to do this.


The sweater looks nice, I can't wait to see it on. -Maybe reinforce the string to the leather with something industrial like E6000? I think the professional finishing (taking it to a seamstress) sounds great.

I think the toggles are perfect! Sorry, can't help with attaching them.

What a great piece - congratulations on the finish.

seamstress gets my vote.

Oh my! That's incredible. I think I picture of it being worn is in order. It's simply spectacular. Good work!

I'd take it to a good local tailor, one with experience sewing on leather. That, or invest in some really, really sharp leather needles -- but I think a professional with the proper machine is the way to go. I don't think the string needs glue, I think the triangles need a firm stitching...

I'd sew by hand, on the theory that a seamstress might not know how to deal with sewing on handknits well.

Using a small nail and hammer "punch" holes along the edge of the leather triangles, and then use blanket stitch to sew down. And yes, use E6000 to glue down the string ;)

blanket stitch:

I'm sorry, I have no help to offer with the toggles, which look great - but I did want to compliment you on the coat, which is stunning!

Love the look of the toggles. I second/third the tailor option.

I second Sara's suggestion. Hand sew them on using a blanketstitch. It's not hard, once you have pre-punched holes in the leather.

The only thing that would look better is having it modelled. I would first attach some reinforcing fabric to the back of the sweater to sew into. If I were handsewing, I might pierce the fabric ahead to have even stitches, and then sew the cord in place. My sister has a leather sewing maching for horse harness, I would still tack it in place before giving it to her or a shoe repairman.

I'm with Sara - a seamstress is not likely to know how to do it any better than you do & is less motivated to do a good job. I'd reinforce the attachments of all the strings with glue & then use a thin sharp needle to sew the leather to the coat with many small stitches. It's a pain but I think that is the way mostly likely to get results you'll be happy with.

I agree with the handsewing option, with the holes for sewing punched first, and then backing fabric on the inside of the sweater. I would suggest some hemmed muslin or canvas.

The problem with machine sewing on handknits is that knit fabric stretches sooo fast under the stress that machine feed dogs put it under. Combine that with very UNstretchy leather toggles, and you've got a major problem.

I'd definately reinforce it with some fabric on the underside, and do as some of your other readers have suggested, making small holes with a nail or an awl around the leather and sewing it down by hand. Leather can be tricky, because once you make a hole with a needle, the hole is permanent, unlike sewing woven fabric. Pre-punching the holes and sewing by hand will give you much more control. Use heavyweight buttonhole thread and it will be extra sturdy. :)

I would first hand sew grosgrain ribbon (preshrink it, of course) to the underside of the sweater fronts, as wide as the depth of the leather triangles - run it from left front hem up and around the neck to the right front hem. This will stabilize the entire area and give a nice finished look. Just pin the ribbon in place and whipstitch it down - save this for a night when you have a good movie to watch. I just finished a cardigan with cabled edges and this is what I plan to do. I couldn't match my smoky teal yarn color exactly, so I went with a funky dotted ribbon (turquoise with brown dots). Good luck!

oooh i love the sweater. i hope you can get the toggles to work for you. it's a perfect look. how about taking it to a tailor at a dry cleaners?

The comments to this entry are closed.