I have done this, once on a shirt I loved (back when women wore men's shirts and cufflinks--I think the 70's???) What you need to do is make the side that "faces the street" remain as a cufflink, i.e., buttonhole and close up the non-"faces the street" side to stitch the button. How you do this is you baste the opening shut, with basting thread. Then zigzag over the opening, with a piece of interfacing on the bottom. The purpose of the interfacing is to provide stability. Then you sew the button onto the fabric, with the interfacing underneath. It will be a little bulky, but it will work--I know this.
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Advanced Beginner Alberta CANADA Member since 10/30/10 Posts: 1932
Date: 3/25/12 1:44 AM
Two good ideas! I think I would take Miss Fairchild's approach. DH would probably revolt at the thought of anything velcro on his shirt.
One problem is that the cuffs on this shirt are double in that they then need to be folded back and then cufflinks inserted. I think I am going to have to take the cuffs off and shorten them to a normal length and then sew them back on.
He keeps buying shirts with these wretched pleats near the cuffs (very hard to iron). So I might also have to adjust the pleats so the cuff is the right width and covers the newly stabilized button as Miss Fairchild described. (If I wanted to be cruel I could gather the arm to the required cuff width. )
I suggested I cut the sleeves off and make it a nice short sleeved shirt... no can do according to DH until I at least try and fix the cuffs. There goes next weekend.... or at least an hour or so on Tuesday!! -- Edited on 3/25/12 1:46 AM --
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