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Date: 6/16/13 10:46 PM

I am in the process of making Burda Style 08/2010-111

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/082010-standing-collar-coat

The coat calls for concealed buttonholes which are simply worked into the right front facing. I am not keen on this as experience tells me that this will have a tendency to pull the facing away from the outer garment and distort how it will sit.

I have seen concealed buttonholes done in a petersham ribbon stitched to the facing on the right side - my other other thought is to change the pattern completely to include bound button holes which I think would be so much nicer than worked button holes - anyone have any ideas?
-- Edited on 6/16/13 10:47 PM --

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Date: 6/17/13 0:36 AM

I like the idea of the bound buttonholes myself. I've made concealed ones; my recent review, but that was with a different technique, of which I am now sorry. I should have stayed with what was!

If you're concerned about the facing pulling away from the outer garment, it seems as if you didn't have strong enough interfacing for the buttonholes. Petersham can be pretty stiff, and maybe that's why it worked for you.

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Date: 6/17/13 2:19 PM

I'd be concerned too about just putting the buttonholes into the facing and having it pull away or distort.

On the other hand, I'd find a way to simulate or draw the buttonholes on the outside to see how it looks. They won't be in a straight line. Three will be lower down, and then one offset way at the top.

Might look fine, but I'm trying to think of reasons Burda did it that way in the first place.

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Date: 6/17/13 6:15 PM

I have a trench raincoat with concealed buttonholes I purchased 'for an exceptional price on the street in NYC'. How the buttonholes were handled to eliminate your concern was to put a few thread tacks (unsceen) along the inside facing where the buttonholes are. Never had a problem wearing the coat - and this was a quality made coat even to my amazement.

I think bound buttonholes would be great if you decide to go that route. There is no law I know of that says you can't change a purchased pattern design :). By doing so, you make the pattern your own design.
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Date: 6/18/13 6:22 AM

Thank you everyone - some things to think about!. I like the idea and look of the jacket with concealed buttons - I might try it and tack the facing down. wish me luck!

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