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Date: 4/5/13 9:51 PM

Hi everyone, my first post,

I've made a gorgeous deep navy blue velvet dress out of Vogue pattern 1290 (which has velvet as the fabric to use. It also says to iron various things during construction, but we won't go there). I don't know what kind of velvet it is, since I bought it a while ago from the lady at a market - don't know if it's washable (but going to assume not).

Anyway, it also says to make buttonholes. The dress front has velvet facing and sew-in interfacing, so 3 layers. I tried using my machine for buttonholes - that won't work, as it keeps catching the bobbin thread and making a knot. So bound buttonholes are out too.

Handsewn vertical buttonholes are no good, due to fraying, but horizontal buttonholes are okay - the test one I did, though, I can't keep the stitches an even length due to the pile.

So, next I thought about sewing the buttons on the front and using press-studs, but the buttons are shanked and hang (even if sewn with the shank placed vertically), making it clear that they're only there for show... I don't know that frogs are going to suit the dress either.

Can anyone suggest anything? Thanking you in advance.


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Date: 4/5/13 11:46 PM

Just an idea, I haven't tried it myself on velvet. But have you tried trimming the pile around the buttonhole? Seems like the horizontal button hole has turned out the best for you for far.

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Date: 4/5/13 11:51 PM

What about elastic button loops? They're applied as a band along the edge, I think.

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Date: 4/6/13 0:10 AM

Whoops, meant to post general response.

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Date: 4/6/13 0:26 AM

Good idea on the elastic loops. Perhaps the dress might be suited to a hidden placket using the elastic loops and flat buttons. A snap or two could be delicately hand stitched in to ensure that the outer placket doesn't flop open and reveal the hidden placket.

One button/buttonhole could be used as an accent with the real closing being done in a hidden placket.

You could experiment with interfacing on top of a scrap of fabric as you stitch in the buttonhole. If you trim away the interfacing and it looks promising, you could try stitching a buttonhole with a scrap of tear away stabilizer. If the tear away stabilizer seams to work, then I would play with either a clear product or try dying a bit of stabilizer to match.

Have you considered trying a bound buttonhole using an accent fabric?

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Buttonholes for Velvet or Leather - please look at this link first.
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Date: 4/6/13 1:22 AM

If you want to use elastic loops to hold on shank style buttons and you want the elastic navy blue in color and rounded, and want to hold the velvet up next to it first, to try to find a good color match, I think you could find that at any drug store in even just the ponytail holders in the hair and barrette sections in places like that.

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Date: 4/6/13 4:37 AM

Hi everyone,
Apart from a little handstitching and the buttonholes, the dress is finished so elastic loops are out, but thanks for the suggestion.

I also tried Solvy; I think the problem with the machine must be that it can't grip the velvet pile underneath. So maybe I should try the tearaway interfacing, underneath the second layer, probably handbasted on?

Another idea I had immediately after making the post was to use small satin or velvet roses, with snap fasteners underneath.

Oh and frogs are definitely out; not a good look at all.

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Date: 4/6/13 11:21 AM

My first thought was snaps with something decorative on top. I would vote for that as the easy way out and in fashion right now also.

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