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Bound Buttonholes: Marking the Buttonhole Placement | Video

Video: Jeff Roos, Cari Delahanty. Technical Edit: Carol Fresia

In this second video of the Bound Buttonhole series, tailoring expert Daryl Lancaster explains how to transfer the buttonhole placement markings from a garment pattern to the fabric.

Begin by reinforcing the fabric in the buttonhole area with fusible knit interfacing on the wrong side. When you finally cut the fabric to create the buttonhole opening, you’ll cut close to the corners, and the interfacing prevents undue distortion. The interfacing also prevents show-through to the right side.

For the most accurate and even buttonholes, Daryl machine-bastes a “ladder,” which connects that buttonholes’ end marks along the fabric’s grain, and it marks the buttonhole opening lines, perpendicular to the end marks.

Before proceeding, check that all these basting lines are correctly oriented and evenly stitched. This is the most important step for ensuring that the buttonholes will be equally sized and parallel. If the markings are slightly off now, you can correct them at this point for perfect results when you create the buttonholes.

Learn the remaining steps to making the buttonholes, in these videos:

“Bound Buttonholes: Introduction | Video”

“Creating the Buttonhole Lips”

“Attaching the Lips to the Garment”

“Completing the Buttonhole”

“Finishing the Buttonhole’s Wrong Side”

To follow the steps in print, look for Daryl’s article “Bound Buttonholes for All,” Threads #197, June/July 2018.


About This Video Series

In this video series, tailoring and construction expert Daryl Lancaster demonstrates the steps to creating perfect bound buttonholes. Her technique is methodical and relies on careful marking and stitching. It also is accessible to sewers of nearly any skill level. Learn to sew classic buttonholes that are appropriate for jackets, coats, and more. Each part of the bound buttonhole process is explained in a series of videos: “Bound Buttonholes: Introduction | Video” "Marking the Buttonhole…

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