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Buttonholes in velveteen fraying apart
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Date: 12/22/12 0:21 AM

Well, I've had a devil of a time with the velveteen in my little girls coat! And after all the trouble I've had with this blasted stuff, the buttonholes are coming apart! The fabric is fraying away under the stitches. I used fray check on the buttonholes when I first made them, and I put lots more on to try and keep it from getting worse. But is there any way to fix this?

I had hoped to get two years out of this coat and I'm pretty miffed at this fabric. I mean, this is a beautiful coat! And I put a lot of work into it. Is all velveteen like this? Or did I get swindled at the fabric store on this stuff?

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Date: 12/22/12 4:03 AM

You might not want to do this, (as kind of a lot of work) but this is how I would fix it and keep it from getting worse, and it probably would work for me.

Depending on how loosely woven and ravelly it was, I might even try to slip something, more reinforcing, like some more interfacing, under the lining and around the button holes which are probably in some kind of fold back facing. That might even involve picking out some of the lining to do that and get in there though. Then I might sewing machine straight stitch around those very close to the button hole and also again a tiny bit further away even. Then I would go get some 29 cent per skein, just DMC cotton 6 ply hand embroidery floss of a matching color. Then I would separate out maybe 2 or 3 strands of that, and just do hand sewn blanket stitch button holes right on top of and for sure, just quite a bit wider than the original legs of the buttonholes that were starting to all fray and pull out. If I thought it was the force of the buttons pulling on the buttonholes that was helping them, or making them fall apart at all, then when I made my larger in width hand done ones over the falling apart machine done ones, I actually would also cord the sides of those button holes with some more of that embroidery floss, to make the button holes even stronger, under my hand button hole stitching there too.

I think that probably would work nice and look fine, and be a nice fix and then hopefully just last the life of the coat, but it also might be a lot of work, and you have to not mind hand sewing to very much, to do that. But you could try it.

I don't know if you got good fabric or not, I actually have to touch and feel fabric myself to tell most times. But most cotton velvetten I have seen is pretty stable for what it is, more stable than actual taller pile cotton velvet or rayon or silk velvet or loopy cotton towells or such. I guess it would be just more stable depending on just how tightly woven the back of it was to begin with? The more tightly woven it was there, for me, probably the better I would think it was made.

But also putting machine made button holes into any of those fabrics, and especially if small kids putting them on themselves (kids are horrible tough on everything) or even adults trying to get a coat on a child, maybe really a lot of pulling, tugging and stress there too. If wanting to do machine made button holes in it, I think not a bad idea to make sure they really were kind of extra reinforced the first time around even, by possibly making the button holes corded from the get go, and also maybe trying if you could to make the legs of them, just a little wider and deeper than normal too. Not sure if that would have prevented that on your coat or not, but probably would not have hurt it any either.

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Date: 12/22/12 11:11 AM

Can you fuse an interfacing or stabilizer under the buttonholes?

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Date: 12/28/12 10:10 AM

Put in bound buttonholes? The stitching for those would be farther away from the cut edges.

whatever you end up doing, I think the key is keep the stitches away from the cut edge.

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Date: 12/31/12 11:18 AM

You could sew patches of suede as a design element over the buttonholes and then redo them. Cut the patches in the shapes of hearts, stars, triangles or rectangles, whatever suits the coat, and you might have a really cute look. The suede doesn't fray so you don't need to worry about seam finishes. Felt also works although it's not as stylish.

Good look. I hate after-the-fact repair or patch work when things don't turn out as intended or the material doesn't cooperate.

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Date: 1/2/13 3:18 PM

use a narrow zig zag and go over two strands of pearl cotton all the way around the button hole. But I like the patches of suede or suedo suede or even wool felt to cover the errors the shredding is causing. You cold make the coat last another extra year by extneding the sleeves with an overlay (or inset) of the same material used for the buttonholes. If this is a loved garment, it may even end up with a stain or two, so feelfree the 3rd year to go hog wild with a hawaiian quilt motif.

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Date: 1/2/13 7:25 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I wish it were as easy as opening up the lining and reinforcing, but these are sewn through a self facing behind the button band. taking it apart will destroy it. I try bound buttonholes if I know I'll get another year out of it. I hate the idea of patching a brand new and very elegant garment. I also have a few seams where the fabric is fraying apart. So, I'm going to give it some careful thought before I try anything.

I don't think it could possibly be cotton like the store claimed. I'm usually very good at telling natural fibers from fake the minute I touch it, but this stuff really did seem very nice. My mom and I are considering taking it back to the store when I'm in Atlanta this summer.

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Date: 1/3/13 8:27 AM

Please don't think of it as patching. Think of it as embelleshment. Take it back if you feel the fabric wasn't as advertised, but don't think of adding to the coat as destroying elegance. I would make a bound buttonhole in a piece of black velveteen (or the pink) and then sew it right sides togehter with a matching thinner fabric, trim, turn rightside out throught the buttonhole and top stitch or applique it over the tearing buttonhole then hand stitch the bound buttonhole to the fraying one. This could make the coat absolutely stunning and still very elegant.

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Date: 1/4/13 8:33 PM

Ok, I think I have a better idea of what you're saying. I'll look at the coat again and see. Thanks!

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Date: 1/4/13 9:25 PM

A bound buttonhole would be very pretty.

If the fabric is making you crazy you could attach faux bound buttonholes with coat snaps underneath to do the work. Additionally, depending upon which seams are fraying, you could apply trim on top of the seams to accent the lines of the coat.

Thanks for the question - I was trying to find an example of a trimmed coat but instead found my next fun project.

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