My Fashion Faux Pas (aka, My DIY Mishap)

Remember my Baker Street Coat? ( - We had commented earlier on YLF that it would look more like the Sherlock coat with the red buttonhole! 

That seemed like a really easy DIY, so I sat down with an episode of Downton Abbey (Season IV) and did the project. It only took about 10 minutes and looked pretty darn snazzy.

I was really excited to wear the jacket, but was approached by a stranger on the subway who asked me when I was in France. Uh, never been to France? 

An education occurred - Sherlock's red button hole is a sign of a high honour in France, usually for service to the people. 

Absolutely. Mortified. 

At least it was an easy fix - and I love my jacket again - but it reminds me that fashion has other consequences too! And just because something looks good doesn't mean that I can wear it! 

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  • Peri replied 4 years ago

    Oh seriously, how many people know that?! Who cares what some know it all on the subway thinks!

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    HAHAHA... "But ... But ... Sherlock ..."

    He was a very nice older man who looked like he knew what he was talking about. ;) I think I need to go to France and do some nice things now.

  • Makrame replied 4 years ago

    Well, at least we all learned something new, thanks to the nice stranger on the subway. :)  I think this is a neat little piece of information (and like you said, it's a good excuse to travel to France and do something nice for the people there).

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    Maybe the man you were talking to was some dignitary or something! You might have had a brush with a famous person. :^) What an amazing tidbit of information.

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    This is priceless!  What were the chances that someone in your daily commute would have known that?  Just proof that fashion matters, I suppose, and that costume designers have a fascinating job!

    Maybe you could make yours pink?

  • replied 4 years ago

    All the buttonholes are done on Sherlock's coat, not just the top one.

    The French honour looks different too, not like stitching around the buttonholes like in Sherlock's coat. It is an actual stripe that is sewn from the buttonhole to the edge of the lapel.

    So I say stitch away and don't worry about what others think.

  • Eliza replied 4 years ago

    Ha!  I laughed out loud when I read this.  It is a great coat, either way.  Talk about conversation starting apparel. 

  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    Oh, that's funny! Well, a good excuse for a trip to Paris, maybe? ;-)

  • Emily replied 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness.  Haha.  Well, you learn something new every day.

  • replied 4 years ago

    That's so funny!  I think he just wanted to impress you.

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    Wow - I learn something every day! My husband has a white dress shirt where one of the buttonholes is red and runs perpendicular to the other buttonholes. It's the bottom one, and would be tucked in. It's Daniel Cremieux, and he bought it at Dillard's. I wonder what that means?

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    I've decided to make mine hot pink. Haven't been able to find hot pink thread though ;)

  • replied 4 years ago

    Just use embroidery floss, separate the big strand to three little strands.

  • replied 4 years ago

    So after reading the NY Times article, maybe you're okay? It sounds like Sherlock's red buttonholes aren't quite the same as the award. 

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