I made these pea coats last week (using this pattern) and then spent days looking at them too scared to attempt the button holes. I have a long held fear of the button hole, my old sewing machine (or was it me?) always made a bit of a mess of them and I had never attempted one with my new machine.
I wish I had tried it sooner. I never realised just how amazing automatic button holes are.
I will never avoid a pattern just because it has buttons again.
Fortunately for me the boys love them.
Have to make the most of it, on day they might start to hate wearing made by mum stuff.
Until that time though.......