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Date: 7/5/13 6:18 PM

If I need to lengthen a top that is made with buttonholes, do I need to change my buttonhole placement?

I have no specific pattern in mind - yet. I usually have to lengthen items due to being long waisted. So, I was wondering what I need to do because of my fitting "issue".

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Date: 7/5/13 6:37 PM

Generally "yes". I have to shorten all my things and the button holes have to be rearranged accordingly.

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Date: 7/5/13 9:30 PM

The key is to make sure they are evenly placed. Count the number of buttons you want, measure from the top button to the bottom button, and use math, lol.

If you want one in a strategic location, start there, not at the top or bottom! Then measure from there to the top button, decide if that's more like one or 2 (or 3 if a tight collar/neck), then use that distance between the others.

(And for those who don't know (since so many people here have commented on being afraid of button holes) - sew/place your button HOLES first.)

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Date: 7/6/13 11:27 AM

If you have "any kind of bust at all" you'll want to ensure one button is exactly at the fullest part and then work up and down from there...

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Date: 7/6/13 11:48 AM

Thank you everybody for you all of your answers. I really appreciate it. And, yes, I am of the nervous about doing buttonsholes group. But it is time for me to learn!

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Date: 7/6/13 12:02 PM

This handy gadget will give you perfectly spaced buttons and buttonholes without math calculations. The Simplex gauge is easy to use and the perfect tool for the task. Do put one of the "tines" at the bust point or other key design point like the waist. It simply expands or contracts to evenly space your placement. They last forever.

The reasons to allow 1/8" towards the opening edge-
* the bar tack in the buttonhole takes up space and the opening of the buttonhole is set back from that.

* the thread holding the button on also has dimension.

Rule of Thumb is 1/8" allows for both. If you're going to use a significantly larger button, plan ahead! Check to see how the button looks on the amount the pattern allows for the overlap opening. Lay a button on the center front line and see how close the large button comes to the finished opening edge. Does it look well proportioned or squished in? You can make the overlap bigger, and must increase any attaching pieces accordingly. Adjust length on collars, facings and so on. Or, go with a smaller button.

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Date: 7/6/13 12:20 PM

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This handy gadget will give you perfectly spaced buttons and buttonholes without math calculations. The Simplex gauge is easy to use and the perfect tool for the task.

Thanks for that hint, Wendy, that thing looks super cool.

There was a typo in your link. Here's the link without the typo: Simflex Expanding Gauge. And really, I posted to thank you for the tip, not just to correct your link, And, it's on sale right now!
-- Edited on 7/6/13 12:21 PM --

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Date: 7/6/13 1:26 PM

If you just want to lengthen a top with button holes down the front, by and inch or two or even three, I don't think you have to in particular always change your button hole placement at all. The reason I think this, is the button holes are evenly spaced from each other, but the last buttonhole is almost never, ever the same even spacing in inches, from the bottom hem of the top, as between all those buttonholes. Almost always, the space between the very last buttonhole and intended hem is longer on purpose, than all the spacing between each buttonhole, on purpose. Go check all your existing tops and dresses with button holes down the front of them, that are even just in your closet now, and see if this is true for you or not, but I think it will be how they are.

So since to make the top look balanced and just like all store bought clothes, unless you are making it so much longer that it actually requires a new and extra button hole in the row of them there, I think you can just leave the buttonholes alone most times, and just add an inch or two in length to the hem of a top, and it will still be just fine and still look just fine too.

If you ever get the same spacing or less between last buttonhole and hem of a top, that instead looks odd and unbalanced, and is not how any top made in the stores, most times would ever be. Distance from last buttonhole to hem of a top just sort of depends on style and shape of top, but most times and inch or two more or less on the last button hole and hem, varies by top anyway, but always longer than distance between the button holes.

So maybe you are just about to make a whole bunch of work for yourself, that will not really change or even improve the look of that top at all, if you go changing around all the buttonholes. Just hold the pattern up to yourself and look in a mirror, and then you can even just see if that is going to be true or not.

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Date: 7/6/13 1:51 PM

I usually check the link, but skipped it this time- eager to get sewing today! So, big thanks for making it work for everyone. It is such a fun thing and glad you like it too.

Back to sewing for DH. He's enthusiastic and I'm getting a kick out of making him something. Could be a first?

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Date: 7/6/13 4:38 PM

Oh that Simflext Expanding Gauge looks awesome! Thanks for the tips.

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