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Bound Buttonholes in new winter coat?

Virginia_Carlson | Posted in The Archives on

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Finally, I am making my winter coat- a cancelled wedding for my daughter, three funerals, and retirement took precedence since I purchased the fabric!

I don’t want it to look homemade but I don’t see bound buttonholes on readymade coats or at least not where I look. Are they a thing of the past? Should I hire the local tailor? On heavy fabrics should the lips be bigger?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Sue_Hayes | | #1

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    I suspect that the absence of bound buttonholes on ready-to-wear coats has more to do with the economics of garment manufacture than with any particular fashion principle. They are fairly easy to make if you're careful(my last set I cheated and used a commercial satin piping instead of self-fabric because I was sewing with a ravelly handwoven and didn't think it would hold up to the manipulation), but any intermediate sewing book will provide adequate refresher instructions.
    If you're worried about bulk, how about using ultrasuede or some coordinating or contrasting woven, like a wool gaberdine(sp)? Just remember, whatever you do, the buttons need to look expensive and appropriate. More than once, good buttons have upgraded the apparent quality of many people's tailoring. Good luck. Sue H.

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