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Buttons on double breasted coat
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tippiella
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Date: 10/26/12 6:27 AM

Hello!
I have been reading this forum for quite a while and always seem to find good answers to my sewing dilemmas in here, but this is my first time posting. :)

I am making my first winter coat, with a pattern made from one of my old (cheap) coats. It's a double breasted model, and on the old coat (as well as most other similar ones I've seen) there is one row of buttonholes with corresponding buttons, and then there is a row of purely decorative buttons on the other side. On the inside there are two buttonholes with plastic buttons that button inwards (if that makes sense?).

I am wondering if I should do things the same way on mine, or a) do the same but make closed buttonholes under the decorative buttons, or b) make that second row of buttons and holes functional as well.

Does anyone know what the common thing is to do for higher end coats and jackets? I really want to pay attention to the details in the coat I am making and make it as high quality as possible, so I am trying to get everything right!
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In reply to tippiella

Date: 10/26/12 7:20 AM

The buttons and buttonholes on the second row should be decorative not functional. That's how it's done on higher end RTW, as well as lower end.

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Date: 10/26/12 7:34 AM

Ah great, thank you! Do you think I still ought to make buttonholes under the decorative buttons, but just keep them closed? I am making bound buttonholes if that makes a difference.
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Date: 10/26/12 2:49 PM

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Ah great, thank you! Do you think I still ought to make buttonholes under the decorative buttons, but just keep them closed? I am making bound buttonholes if that makes a difference.

Some kind of button & hole on the hidden side, where the underlap extends under hte overlap panel, is almost necessary. Otherwise, the weight of that under panel might not hang well over time, and could stress the buttons on the other side. Seems like the double-breasted coat I had ages ago worked like that.

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Date: 10/26/12 6:15 PM

Make them just the way they are in your RTW coat.

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