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Options for back-button closure?

BellaGabriella | Posted in Patterns on

I am attempting to sew McCalls 2818 but am not sure I’ll be able to dress myself with the back buttons. Do you think I could fit it over my head with all but one or two unbuttoned? Sew it a bit looser? Side zipper? Anything?




  1. Josefly | | #1

    I think a side zipper would work to give you enough room to get it over your shoulders. You can put the side zipper in upside down, so that it opens at the hem, if you want to. The side zipper would keep the nice shaping in the blouse, so you wouldn't have to change the way it fits.

    Several of the neckline versions look open enough to slide your head through without needing a button in the back, but one version might be iffy, so if you close the center back with a seam instead of using the buttons back there, you can leave the back seam open several inches and use a button and loop closure just at the neckline. Of course you'd have to change the back neckline facings to accommodate that opening.

    1. BellaGabriella | | #2

      Thanks, Josefly. I was thinking the side zipper would be the way to go. I may make one up with the buttons - I love the look.


  2. Teaf5 | | #3

    I have that pattern but have not used it and never noticed that it buttoned up the back!  It's very fitted, so you'll probably need some type of opening. 

    If you cut it with ample seam allowances, you can probably baste it all together and try out different amounts of openings using safety pins.  It's a lovely pattern, so let us know how it fits and works out.

    Those big buttons down the back are lovely but would be very uncomfortable while driving or sitting in my chair at work...

  3. dollmarm | | #4

    I have 2 tops such as this and it is hard to get all the buttons buttoned.  I do have to ask hubby to button me or get me out of it. 

    I like the idea of the side zipper with the opening at the bottom of the top. 

    I did not sew mine.  I saw it and love the color and style.  I will have to look at that pattern. 
    One of the tops is uncomfortable when I sit back against something.  The other one has softer buttons.  

    Would love to see what you decide to evenutally do.  Enjoy :~) 

    1. Stillsewing | | #5

      In general I think that it is better not to have buttons in the back of a garment unless it is very loose. The spaces between the buttonholes tend to gape and as there can be an amount of pressure on the buttons - bending - stretching - etc it doesn't wear very well. I have made and purchased tops/dresses like this and then inserted an zip underneath the buttons so as to remove the strain from the opening. You could try this and still keep the style of the pattern.

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