Bound Buttonholes: Finishing the Buttonhole’s Wrong Side | Video
In this final installment to the Bound Buttonholes series, tailoring expert Daryl Lancaster demonstrates how to finish the back of the buttonhole: You need to make a “window” in the facing that is behind the buttonhole.
First, transfer the buttonhole location from the garment rather than the pattern. Fold the facing into its final position and press it well. Place the work on a cushioned surface, such as the ironing board, with the buttonhole side up. Push pins straight through from the right side at each buttonhole corner, to mark the facing area.
Next, place a rectangle of fusible interfacing over the pins. Use woven cotton interfacing, cut about 2 inches larger than the buttonhole opening in each direction. Don’t use knit interfacing, as it is not sturdy enough to support the window’s edge. Place the interfacing with its right side against the facing, that is, with the fusible side…
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