We’re in the home stretch of our Sew-Along! Soon, we will all be waltzing around town in our swooshy skirted, sleekly buttoned dresses and blouses. But not until we finish these two final tasks:
Day 11 Checklist
- Create Buttonholes
- Attach Buttons
- Attach Hook and Eye
- Handsew Hem
1. Stitch buttonholes at placement marks on the right side of the dress.
Note: Be sure to sew a test buttonhole so you know how your machine foot will act. My Brother sinks the needle on the upper right corner, jumps over to the left and sews down that side, then sews back up the right side. I know this, so I place my buttonhole line marking to the left of the needle.
2. Use a seam ripper to open up the hole.
I think the biggest fear in sewing buttons is having the buttons and the holes fail to align. If you’re nervous about this, follow these steps:
1. Try on the dress and lap right side over left. This is a last chance fit moment! Place a pin through the waistline button hole to mark where you’d like your button to go.
2. Add the distance from the fabric edge to button, and fabric edge to buttonhole. This is the amount you will lap the right side over the left.
3. On the left side, measure out the amount you calculated above, then match the right side over top.
4. Mark through the center of each buttonhole.
See how far off my pink dot is from the original yellow line I drew for my button? Well, now I don’t have to worry about everything lining up!
5. Anchor thread on wrong side of fabric and secure your buttons.
And now you see, they may look a little bit wonky when unbuttoned, but when you’ve got the dress on your fabric will line up perfectly.
Attach Hook and Eye
1. Stitch the eye to the left side of the waistline and the hook to the right side.
Note: If you have the option of using a loop, that will work better than an eye. The eye has a tendency to flip around.
Note: On the right side be sure you’re only sewing through the facing. You don’t want your handstitches to show through to the right side!
1. Try on the dress and adjust the hem to your preference.
2. Turn the lower edge under 1/2” and press.
3. Turn again 1 1/2” and press to hold in place.
Note: Some folds will happen naturally, which is why it is easier to handsew rather than topstitch with your machine. Just focus on keeping the curve at the fold even.
4. Stitch the fold of the hem to the dress by hand using a slipstitch.
Note: If you’re unfamiliar with the slipstitch, check out our tutorial on sewing basic hand stitches.
And now pat yourself on the back, you are done!! Stay tuned for our Hawthorn Parade next Monday the 29th. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all created!