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Darling Ranges dress sewalong: closures

how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryYou guys!! This is our last step!! After we finish up all these buttonholes and buttons then we’re done and dusted! That deserves a whoooop whooop or something :)

Ready to get started? I’ve got a few tricks and tips to show  you!

SEWING THE BUTTONHOLES

– I think one of the hard things about buttons and buttonholes is making sure that they line up correctly and are properly spaced. There is a button placement guide in your pattern, but don’t forget you can change the placements however you’d like! Make the buttons further apart, closer together, however you’d like – it’s really up to you! And if you raise or alter the neckline or bodice length in any way, you probably definitely need to.

-Whenever I’m getting set up to make buttonholes I like to plan them all out with pins first. I place a pin at the beginning and end of each buttonholes, and measure out to make sure they’re properly spaced.

-Sew those buttonholes! If your machine doesn’t have an automatic buttonhole function, theres a post here to show you how to do it without one.

-Once you’ve sewn up your buttonholes you can open them up using a buttonhole cutter or a seam ripper.

 

BUTTON TRICK #1 

To get your buttons lined up perfectly with your buttonholes, match up your plackets how they will be when you are done, and pin in place.

how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryPush a pin through the center of a buttonhole. Now as you lift up the right placket the pins will be left on the left placket marking the perfect spots for all your buttons!

BUTTON TRICK #2

Hand sewing buttons can be a bastard if you have heaps to do. This is how I sew all my buttons on now – with my machine! Some machines have special button sewing feet and functions (you can see an example in this post), but I’ll show you how to do it without one again here.

how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryRemove  your foot from your sewing machine. So you’re just left with the stand.

Set your machine to a zig zag stitch. Lower your stitch length all the way down to zero – this is important! Since each machine is different, you will have to play around with the stitch width to find out what width will neatly go through each hole in your button. On my machine “3” works perfectly.

how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryUse clear tape to tape your button over the spot you marked previously, and remove the pin.

how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow sew!!!! Yep, right through the scotch tape. Isn’t this amazing? Your machine is sewing your button on for you (seriously this excites me so much every time I do it, don’t you laugh hehe). If you have a 4 hole button like me, just do the first two holes first, then move it slightly and repeat with the next two holes.

Pull off the tape.

how to do closures on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryAnd now you have a perfectly sewn button in like 20% of the time it would have taken to hand sew!

Do you still hate buttons and buttonholes? Because I have an idea for you :) Even though the pattern calls for buttons, you can get a bit creative and do something else like snaps / press studs. I did that on a dress I made a few years ago and i love how easy it is to put on (and it took 5 minutes to attach the snaps).

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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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nikole
nikole
10 years ago
nikole
nikole
10 years ago
Reply to  nikole

it’s a standard accessory with most sewing machines now

Meg
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Meg
10 years ago
Reply to  nikole

OOO wonderful!! Thanks so much for linking to that Nikole! XOXO

Paunnet
10 years ago

First of all: OH MY GOD I HAVE AN ELNA TOO! I’m a dork, but I have never seen another Elna apart from mine. :)
Secondly: the scotch tape + zig zag stitch will change my sewing life.
I usually sew buttons by hand, I thread the needle with two long double strands of thread, so I only need to stich the button a couple of times.

Truly Myrtle
10 years ago

Wow! Why have I never thought of the button zig zag thing! I am definitely going to try this!
I’ve just found your blog and have really enjoyed this series.
I’m looking forward to hearing you moving adventures and how things go – I’m from down-under too, although living in the UK :)

Truly Myrtle
10 years ago

Should go to bed. Wrote my blog address wrong…

Kez
Kez
10 years ago

Thanks so much for doing this sew a long, Megan! I am a few steps behind, but will for sure be referencing these posts as I keep going…they have already been super helpful. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou!

Alison - UK
Alison - UK
10 years ago

I’m way behind too but enjoying it all. Thanks so much. You are a great teacher. I will send a photo of the completed dress – probably in late May!

Liz
Liz
9 years ago

Sticky tape! Genius!

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