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Date: 10/6/13 6:42 PM

I've given myself the lovely task of making two bound buttonholes for my boucle wool jacket. Given the fabric, I dont think conventional machine button holes are going to work.

I've spent this evening in a bit of a muddle, tired brain trying to grasp web tutorials (I used the coleterrie one). I think, after a number of attempts I have finally grasped the instructions correctly.

I have to sew them on the real thing tomorrow, so would love some feed back about my practice attempt. Its intended for a one inch size button. Its really hard to see the stitching (despite me using black thread as contrast).



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Date: 10/6/13 9:25 PM

Looks great to me!

But then, I'm the parachute guy, so you better get more opinions!

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Date: 10/6/13 9:39 PM

Oh, Dear Heart, that sample is lovely. Bound buttonholes aren't for sissies.

Mazel tov!

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Date: 10/6/13 10:15 PM

I love bound buttonholes, they're all I do on my suit jackets...and I am very very picky about them...

Yes, you pass.

Your sample looks lovely!

When you really want to take it to the next level, match the fabric pattern on the lips exactly to the fabric pattern underneath. Always a fun time. Really.

Well done, welcome to the world of couture.

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Date: 10/7/13 0:44 AM

Don't listen to anything that Al Johnson says because he's into too big of things...I mean after all, you don't want him to guess what you should be doing with a dress--he might tell you how to stuff it in a bag with a rip cord...

Seriously (and no hard feelings intended, Al!) That buttonhole is downright beautiful! I wish my first attempt at a bound buttonhole in a boucle fabric turned out as nice as yours.
-- Edited on 10/7/13 0:45 AM --

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Date: 10/7/13 10:27 AM

Congratulations! you just inspired me to work and practice on mine.. They look good... get some rest.. don't sew when you are tired...

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Date: 10/7/13 12:13 PM

Looks great to me too! Congratulations!

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Date: 10/7/13 1:24 PM

Looks very nice especially with a tweedy fabric. I would make the lips out of a tightly woven fabric or leather or ultra suede for better wear.

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Date: 10/7/13 6:54 PM

I am VERY happy indeed to report that the bound buttonholes on the real thing - aka the jacket - were a success. I just need to (after literally just finishing attaching the lining) give everything a once over press and add the actual buttons.

Its looking very nice and I see why people like them so much, despite the effort, I do like the control you have over the size and stitches. With machine buttonholes I always get paranoid something will happen.

Thanks for all of the feedback. These buttonholes (photos to follow when I have time later) have got bias cut fabric behind them so look smarter.

I am so relieved it all went ok.......

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Date: 10/22/13 6:31 PM

ok, the jacket is now completely (happily so) finished and I have done a proper set of photos if anyone would like to see how the finished bound buttonholes turned out. Thanks for all the advice!

Here's what they looked like:



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