I started making shirts a while ago being fairly succesful with it so far, thanks mostly to the David Page Coffin Book on the topic. One of my biggest problems has been, that I wasn't able to produce any decent looking buttonholes on my old Bernina sewing machine, so I started looking into doing it by hand. I think I read most of the postings on the topic so far, but I'm still struggling with the result. Altough I know that it is mostly a matter of practice, I just wanted to make sure that what I practice is the right thing. I am currently using the DMC Floche, based on a recommondation on this forum (previously I used the gütermann mara 30) and the simpler buttonhole stitch, as opposed to the tailored buttonhole stitch (to creat little pearls, rather than the little knots). One of my issues is that the little pearls on the inside of each side overlap in a rather unflattering fashion. I attach some pictures of my own efforts and some of the more prominent italian shirtmakers. There buttonholes seems to not overlap at all, i.e. are looking much cleaner. I wonder if my technique is wrong or it is just a matter of practice.
My humble efforts (I of course know, that I still have to do a ton of practicing):
and, as it shlould be. There always seems to be a small gap between the edges of the buttonhole which I don't know how to achieve. I doesn't look like mere stretching of the finished buttonhole, does it?
There are also some great pictures on the Facebook site of Mary Frittolini.
Thanks in advance,