Upgrading Your Blouse for Cufflinks

Upgrading Your Blouse for Cufflinks

I was given some cufflinks by Cuff Connection. Unfortunately for me, at the time I didn’t own a blouse or shirt that had a space for cufflinks. 

I wanted to learn how to upgrade one of my favourite long sleeve tops into an item that could have cufflinks. A beautiful Thornton Hall blouse that I found in an op-shop in perfect condition. This crisp, white number with some pretty cufflinks would look perfect.

Thanks to Cuff Connection, I am now the proud owner of two cufflink sets. A pair of cute strawberries and a teapot/teacup set which is both adorable.

History of Cufflinks

Cufflinks have been around since the 17th century. Initially, they were just pieces of fabric tied together to enclose the wrist area. The modern cufflink as we know it today came about in the middle of the 19th century. This was due to the changing fashion of men. The middle and upper-class male looked pretty fancy with daily suits and dapper tailcoats in the evening.

When these items were washed and starched (particularly the collar and cuffs), fastening them with a button become difficult. As you know the collar and cuffs are usually quite stiff fabric. During this time, the cufflink was basically the only item of jewellery a male could get away with wearing. 

Admittedly I thought only men wore cufflinks when I knew that such a thing existed. I think part of that comes down to advertising and marketing for them. Even typing in ‘cufflinks’ on Wikipedia brings up the sentence “Cufflinks are used to secure button shirt cuffs and may also be an item of jewellery for boys and men”. Even though you don’t really ever see women wearing cufflinks in advertising channels I’m going to proudly wear mine and make a statement. 

I love the idea of having that extra detail around the wrist area on what can sometimes be quite a plain shirt or blouse. It adds personality and extra accessorising is always fun. 

Method

The simple instructions I followed are in this blog post for removing the existing buttons and sewing in a button hole. I also watched this Youtube video on How to Sew Buttonholes.

Cufflinks - Miss Charlotte Cake

The shirt originally came with a button up cuff – not very exciting!

Cufflinks - Miss Charlotte Cake

Unpicking the existing button

Cufflinks - Miss Charlotte Cake

Marking where the new cufflink hole will go and beginning the buttonhole

Cufflinks - Miss Charlotte Cake

Creating a button-hole on my Brother sewing machine (Model JS1410) it comes with a buttonhole foot.

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Carefully cutting the new hole with an exacto blade

Cufflinks - Miss Charlotte Cake

Cufflinks - Miss Charlotte Cake

I’m quite particular about the accessories I wear – and I don’t feel comfortable wearing hair flowers, bangles, necklaces, earrings, rings and all that jazz at once. I like simple accessories done well and I don’t like to look what I call ‘over frosted’. So the perfect way to add a little more personality to a gorgeous blouse are some simple cufflinks like these. 

Have a read of the blog post I linked above, as well as the video to go over any finer details you have. Remember to ask me questions in the comments below if you need further clarification on and of the steps. 

Here is how I chose to style my red strawberry cufflinks – strawberries and cream of course! 

Cufflinks - Miss Charlotte Cake

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