Sewing 101: Buttonholes

Hello darlings,
In our wonderful word of sewing, there are so many different ways of achieving the result we want. Specially when sewing tricky techniques. Today I am sharing what I do when sewing buttonholes on lightweight fabric. If you have a better trick, please share!
We start from your buttonhole placements already marked. My button placket has been interfaced as per pattern instructions.
Gather your supplies:

Before I start, I always do a “test” buttonhole with a sample. The same fabric in the exact thickness (interfaced and all) I am using on the real project. I didn’t take a picture of how horrible it looked. Total hot mess. No question how badly the buttonholes of my Tyler shirt needed an stabiliser.

Just cut a rectangle of your stabiliser and place on top your button marking. Sewing as usual. You can draw the buttonhole shape on the stabiliser if you need a visual buttonhole marker.
If I was sewing an even lightweight fabric, I would cut my stabiliser large enough to engulf both front and back of the buttonhole, forming an sandwich of stabiliser- fabric- stabiliser.
In case you are wondering, the stabiliser don’t move while sewing. This was how I placed it. As you can see, it doesn’t matter how you position the stabiliser as long as it covers the length for the whole buttonhole. Don’t cut too small.  Just make sure you place your buttonhole foot on the right position.
The back of the buttonhole.
I tie my ends, trim and peal the stabiliser.
As you can see, there is still stabiliser left inside. For me, it’s the icing because it makes the job of cutting the opening of the buttonhole a lot more accurate. Who doesn’t worry when making a small cut on lightweight fabrics.
The residue of the stabiliser will wash away when you wash your make or you can just rinse it under water for a few minutes.
Thank you everyone that voted on which button to sew. The shirt is now finished. I love it.The weather is miserable and cold that taking pictures is hard. I foresee a blog break near the end of the year. Sewing will keep going on the background.
Ps: Fabric is a soft Voile called: Budquette Nightfall from Art Gallery
  • That’s a great lil trick.

  • Those buttonholes are lovely. What machine are you using?

  • This is a great tip. Thanks for sharing it.

  • I need this stabiliser in my life! Didn’t even know such a thing existed. Thanks, Rachel!

  • The fabric is gorgeous. That’s a really useful tip for buttonholes in fine fabric, they always make me nervous 🙂

  • I’ve used spray starch on sloppy fine fabric and that really helped, thanks for this tip though.

  • Wow, that’s brilliant. Thank you so much.

  • That is an excellent tip – thanks! I’ll need to look out for some of that stabiliser.

  • What a great tip! I agree with you about the difficulty photographing finished garments for your blog. I usually sew on sunday afternoons, it’s the only time I have, so when I finish something it’s evening and too dark to photograph outside. I post murky photos on my blog which aren’t the best I can do, but I want to tell people about what I’ve just finished.

    I love the clothes you sew and the fact you’re a tall person sewing (like me, and it’s also the reason I started sewing when I was a teenager). Don’t stop!

  • Fab tip, thank you!

  • this is a great tip, thank you for sharing!

  • Great tip! I’ve never used stabilizer like this, but it looks great!

  • Very smart! Never seen this before!

  • Super helpful! It’s kind of heartbreaking to have messy buttonholes when you’re so close to being finished with a project. Thanks for the excellent tip.

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  • What a great tip! My buttonholes always come out a little wonky, so I need to give this a try! 🙂 Lisa

  • Tamsin Oliver

    Thanks for the tip. I am not familiar with this type of stabilizer, in Australia it may be a different name. It looks like plastic?? Another useful tip I do when it comes to cutting the button hole with my unpicker is I put a pin across the end to stop inside the button hole to stop it sliding into the end tab of the button hole. Or worse. Once I cut one that was a bit stiff and it slipped past the end and 2 inches into the garment. Yes I cried.

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