Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram Favorite Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon
Insider

Sign in or become an insider to access this story

Sign In

Decorative pockets or bound buttonholes

Jul 12, 2010
Article Image

Finished ‘window’ pocket opening in silk matka

This technique is similar to a welt pocket or bound buttonholes, but with an updated shape. I first saw it used as a pocket on a suit jacket in a designer boutique. I have since seen smaller versions as a series of different brightly colored bound buttonholes down the front of a black sheath dress. Both sizes are intriguing applications and go together the same way–only the measurements are different. Here’s how to do it: Cut a piece of silk organza 3″ longer and 2″ wider than the finished opening. On the right side of the fabric, draw the finished opening shape. In the first photo, the navy blue and red sample is 7″ long and 1″ wide. The illustration above shows an opening 8″ long by 2″ wide. The shorter straight edges are 6″ long.  Pin the silk organza centered over the marked shape. Set your sewing machine at 1.5mm stitch length, and start sewing along one 6″ side. Stitch carefully along the line your drew turning accurately at each corner. To keep bulk to a minimum, overlap your stitching rather than back stitching when you return to the starting point.   Carefully cut along the center of the opening and into each corner. Pull the organza through…

You must be an insider to access this article.

Start your FREE trial today and get instant access to this article plus access to all Threads Insider content.

Start Your Free Trial

Sign up for the Threads Eletter

Get the latest from Threads delivered straight to your inbox.

×
Discuss

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, patterns and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 37% and get a free gift

Subscribe

Discuss

  1. LaurieDiane September 7th

    I want to go home right now and do this on the jacket I'm making. Love the clean couture lines of them. Thanks, Louise for making this look so simple!

  2. LaurieDiane September 7th

    I want to go home right now and do this on the jacket I'm making. Love the clean couture lines of them. Thanks, Louise for making this look so simple!

  3. starzoe August 24th

    I have a complete set of Threads. Finding a remembered subject on the online index is a daunting task. Recently I wanted to review the article on binding sleeveless garments and noted that, although the date was shown on when the online item was posted, there was no record of the issue number in which it first appeared. I could not find it listed on the online index, and I'm sure it is there, but under what title?

    Am I missing something here? Uleta

  4. User avater KimsIdleHands July 26th

    Thanks for this. THis has always driven me up a wall. I could never get it to look right.

  5. User avater ipodgrannie July 19th

    I agree with sewwellgo and I do appreciate all these fine details. Love it Love it..........

  6. rkr4cds1 July 15th

    Ahh - Couture Tailoring 101!!
    And the real beauty of this technique is that the shape of the window openings can mimic the theme of the clothing; they can be perfectly round circles, diamond shapes, crescents or any shape you can imagine.
    The set-in panel of the two-sewn-together pieces for the buttonhole 'lips' remains the same, just the 'window' shapes change and is emphasized or played down depending on whether you use contrasting colors or the same fabric for the lips.
    Also Love it!

  7. sewwellglo July 14th

    I will boldly say, that only those with an eye for fine garment construction, could appreciate this classy presentation of the bound buttonhole. Love it!

Log in or become a member to post a comment.

More From Threads

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All

Highlights

  • Sign up for the Threads Eletter

    Get the latest from Threads delivered straight to your inbox.

  • SewStylish

    SewStylish

    Take a look inside the pages of SewStylish Spring 2017.

  • CraftStylish

    CraftStylish

    Expert craft tutorials, news, and tips for sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, paper crafts, embroidery, jewelry making, and more!