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Posted on: 7/5/05 6:01 PM
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If you are not sure which size button you need for your blouse or jacket, or if you want to use a different size than the pattern suggest, you can use a rule of thumb.

The size of the button will depend on the overlap (distance from center front till edge) you are using on your garment.
A guide for this is when the garment is buttoned up the distance from the edge till the button should be ½ of the diameter of the button or a tiny bit less.
You can measure this on your pattern.

A horizontal placed buttonhole starts always 1/8 or 3mm away from the center front marking line towards the edge.
You can adjust/alter the pattern for the overlay and underlay to match the size of buttons you want to use.
This rule of thumb is just a guide and not a obligation.

The link for the diagram is from Burda sewing technique book.


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said... (8/21/08 9:52 PM) Reply
Thanks for this information. I am finishing a jacket & am at the button stage. I bought buttons larger than the pattern called for & hoped it would work as I was making the jacket from one I had seen in a high end store. Now I know that my buttons will work!
Gigi Louis said... (8/16/06 11:33 PM) Reply
I don't know how I missed this over a year ago!
els said... (5/10/06 10:31 PM) Reply
MaryBeth you are right that is the purpose for the extra 1/8.
MaryBeth said... (5/10/06 9:59 PM) Reply
So glad you've brought this to our attention, Els. I believe that the extra 1/8" is to account for the width of the button shank or thrad used to attached the button, right?
Sew_K said... (7/9/05 6:45 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for sharing this information! I've printed it to store in my sewing binder for future reference.
meanjean said... (7/6/05 2:04 PM) Reply
This is one of those little details that has perplexed me since there are often times when I want a different button size. Thanks for this "rule of thumb".
 
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