Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Buttonholes

I made a test buttonhole for Burda 8665. It's nice to see that I've made progress as a sewist. The first attempt came out just fine. The buttonholes are marked and ready to go.

I had put away the pattern, so I didn't have it out to see what they recommended as a distance from the edge for the buttonhole. Sandra Betzina in Power Sewing recommends 0.75 inches for vests. The other sections refer you to the vest section. I decided to check what my RTW shirts had, and they were closer to 0.5 inches. My button is only 0.5 inches, and I thought 0.75 would be too far from the edge for the little buttons.

The other thing that I noticed on the RTW is that the buttonholes are all vertical. Buttonholes in patterns are almost always horizontal. Why is that? IIf I get an answer, I will post, but if anyone has any insight, let me know.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Neefer! I like your blog!

I think the general idea is that buttonholes in a tight garment need to be horizontal, i.e. lined up with the direction of the stress. That way, when there is stress from the buttons, the buttonhole won't be stretched out of shape. Even in a loose garment, horizontal buttonholes allow for more movement side-to-side.

But I don't know why RTW chooses vertical buttonholes... Maybe they're cheaper to make, somehow?

10/14/2004 06:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooops, I meant to sign that...
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10/14/2004 06:35:00 AM  

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