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Design Ideas with Buttonholes | Video

Louise Cutting shows how a functional garment closure provides opportunity for creativity.

Mar 22, 2019

Buttonholes are functional, but they can also serve as a decorative element. Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, reveals several ways to use buttons and buttonholes to personalize garments you’ve sewn or purchased.

An important aspect of a button closure is the button spacing. Louise shows how to use a SimFlex Expanding Sewing Gauge to properly and evenly space buttonholes. She suggests starting with a buttonhole at the level of the bust apex, to prevent gaping, and spacing buttonholes evenly above and below this point.

Among the design ideas Louise mentions are using a single, long buttonhole to accommodate several small, closely spaced buttons; stitching many nonfunctional buttonholes along an edge as an embellishment, and mixing different buttons on a garment’s placket for a playful effect.

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Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, is a renowned designer and teacher. She focuses on industry sewing techniques that help home sewers achieve a professional result. In Volume 8 of her popular Industry Insider Techniques video series, Louise shares methods for improving your garments with precision construction tips, design ideas, and better closures. This volume includes the following 12 videos: Put a Dart on the Slant Reduce Pocket Bulk Trim a Dolman Sleeve Proper Corner…

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