Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My goodness, what a lot of buttonholes!

That's a total of 10.  Six up the front, two on the collar, and one on each pocket flap.
Only six more to go (there are three on each cuff).

I made bound buttonholes because no machine I own could make nice enough sewn buttonholes through all the layers of wool melton.

The technique I use is well presented here

  • I found I was able to make a pretty narrow buttonhole by stitching 5 clicks to the right and then the same to the left of the centre guide line.  My finished buttonholes are 7mm wide.
  • I backstitch at each end of this line of stitches (none of that knotting the thread and weaving it in for me).  
  • After clipping I press the tiny seam allowances open so that half the bulk is inside and half outside.  This prevents an obvious difference in height around the buttonhole.  With a thinner fabric I wouldn't bother to do this.  
  • I found with my thick and forgiving fabric I did not need to do any hand stitching to secure the welts.  I just spoke to them sternly and manhandled them until they were pretty even.
  • I agree with Sherry - don't press them until they are all sewn.  

Pockets - topstitched and ready to be sewn by hand
on the coat fronts.
Once the remaining ones are done, the rest of the coat will come together REALLY fast, right?


  1. Having made my share of bound buttonholes I am duly impressed with the narrowness and evenness of your buttonholes, and impressed with your fortitude.

  2. They are so consistently made, wonderful. It will be easy once this is done, I'm sure.

  3. nice job! I have a vintage pattern that buttons from top top bottom, I figure if I can't make a good buttonhole I should be able to by the time I get to the bottom lol!


  4. Wow! They look great and you have great buttonhole fortitude. :) That IS a lot of buttonholes.

  5. Couture finishes are always worth the effort. Looking forward to seeing more of this garment.