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Here are all but one of the covered buttons for the 19th century trousers. One of them is already on the pants. The loose weave of this cloth finally got on my last nerve. These little buggers required much patience to gather properly. I decided to switch my buttonhole technique as a result.

The bottom two buttonholes (in the bearer) were marked on the inside, edged with stitches, cut, and bound with a buttonhole stitch. The top three buttonholes (in the waistband) were marked on the OUTSIDE and edged with two huge stitches the length of the the mark. These long stitches were buttonhole stitched, and the cloth was cut last. I don't think they look as neat, but the cloth behaved finally. This is also a great way to do faux buttonholes in frock coats and such (just don't cut it.)

Here is one of the pocket flaps completed.

The back of the waist bands now have nice eyelets by tayloropolis and brace buttons. The braces will button to the pants, ten centimeters apart on the front and back (about the width of the fall.) Advice from a friend who knows more aboth the 19th c, prompted me to remove the cloth tabs from my braces and replace them with leather ones (much easier!)


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Jan. 29th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
When I do button holes I have an extra step, after the edging stitches and cutting, I then whip the cut edges before working button hole stitches over the whip stitches. The quick whipping stops the edges from fraying before you've gone round the entire thing with tedious button hole stitches.
Jan. 31st, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Right you are! I forgot to mention that. This yellow linen is so loose it is threatening to jerk the weave out as I tighten the binding stitches.
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