Elastic Button Loops
Button Loops | Fabric
Appliques Techniques | Steel
Boning for Wedding Gowns | Sewing
Drops or Fringes | Embellishing
Lace | Sewing Fabric
of buttons on the back of wedding dresses adds elegance and can
be done without undoing the seamstress
use elastic button looping. This product is a narrow tape with loops
of round elastic at intervals of 1/2 inch or 1 inch. Button looping
is usually white. However, the color does not matter as the seam
covers the tape, and the buttons cover the button looping. The button
looping will accommodate a variety of the button sizes commonly
used with wedding dresses. This product is truly wonderful!
1 - The Easy Way
under the 5/8 inch seam allowance on both sides. The button looping
may be inserted either before or after the seam is sewn. Refer to
pattern instruction sheet for guidance.
tape under the fold of the left side so that the button loops extend
out. Pin or baste in place.
the right, side edgestitch along the fold, going through both layers
of fabric and the tape. The buttons will cover the stitching. 4.
Sew buttons to the right side through both layers.
2 -Faced Button Looping
1. Pin button
loop tape to the left side of bodice, with the button loops toward
the garment and the tape just to the inside of the seam allowance.
2. Cut a
narrow facing 1-1/4" wide by the length of the opening. It may be
of the fashion fabric, lining, or Seams Great. Seam tape and lace
seam binding are narrower but may be used.
RIGHT sides together, sandwich the button loop tape between the
fabric layers. Stitch and grade the seam.
facing to WRONG side and press.
the right side and sew buttons through all layers.
3 - Faced Button Looping with Underlap
button looping and facing as in Method 2, steps 1 through 4.
underlap from dress fabric. Cut a strip 2 inches wide by the length
of opening plus two seam allowances (1-1/4").
lengthwise, RIGHT sides together. Sew both short ends, cut corners
and grade the seam. Turn right side out, press and baste long raw
RIGHT sides together, sandwich the underlap between the gown and
facing with long raw edges together. The top of underlap will line
up with the finished neckline edge. Pin as needed. Stitch and grade
facing to wrong side and press.
buttons onto the dress. The underlap slips under the button looping,
eliminating any skin from showing should the button loops be stretched.
It is better that the button loops stretch if the fit is too tight
than have the fabric rip.
Recommend to the bride that she button the dress from the bottom
up. It is extremely difficult to button the center portion if buttoned
from the top. The idea used to be that it should take enough time
to button the dress to allow for a facts of life lecture.
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