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quick fix: gaping blouse

So. You know what i hate?? Button up shirts that gape at the bust.

This confuses me. I mean, the shirt is designed for a woman, so why isn’t there a button right there inline with the bust point? It makes me crazy how often there’s a nice big peekaboo gap there. UGH! Especially on this shirt, because it’s one of my staples. (seen here, here and here)

So this is my quick fix.

When i was working in an office environment and wore button shirts allll the time, i think i sewed on like a zillion snaps heheehe

It’s pretty darn easy.

Get yourself some snaps. Find the bust point of your blouse, where that nice big gape is happening – sew the snaps in place. And Voila! No more peep show.

The end. hehehehe

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Jessica
9 years ago

Good point… and good solution!

Emilie
9 years ago

What a great (and easy) idea! I do have a few blouses that I own that do this and it drives me nuts (and very self-conscious!Thanks!

Ginger
9 years ago

Great idea! Thanks for sharing! I HATE when that happens!

Roxy
9 years ago

I pretty much gave up on shirts a long time ago. A gaping shirt is hardly professional. Higher end shirts often have a hidden button sewn there, but I have to admit I never really found one that fit nicely enough to spend that money. Your tip is great, I just need to find a shirt to use it on :-)

La Chapstick Fanatique
La Chapstick Fanatique
9 years ago

i have a large, ahem, chest so i either have to buy shirts that are too big for the rest of my body or have this problem or don’t buy them at all. i LOVE this idea! thanks so much for posting.

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Andrea
9 years ago

Clever! I always assumed I’d just have to make my own button-down shirts if I want the buttonholes placed just right, but this definitely helps with those shirts I already own!

jenloveskev
9 years ago

Love it! I usually just use safety pins. So ghetto. Thanks love.

emily marie
9 years ago

Love doing this! One time, a client couldn’t part with a super tight button-up so I straight up put a strip of Velcro there. You do have to open the front placket so it doesn’t show, but that will give you the ultimate security!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago

I’ve always used safety pins for this, because the same shirt doesn’t always do it…but inevitably I forget to take the safety pin out and either rip the shirt taking it off or earn a rust spot after washing it. I’ve considered velcro, but never snaps! I’ll have to try it if I ever start wearing button-downs again. There’s a designer called Carissa Rose (I might not have spelled that right) that specializes in shirts for well-endowed women, and I think she used hook-and-eye instead of buttons at all on at least some of her things. I had a shirt that used those and I LOVED it. Too bad it’s way too small now! :)

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago

I have big ladies, and sometimes I even sew 2 snaps in the gap if there’s a really big space between the buttons. They sell the clear snaps at JoAnn’s, and there are two types. One is totally clear, but will melt when you iron it, and one is milkier, but are iron-able. I don’t often iron my shirts, but I use the iron-able ones just in case I do!

anne
9 years ago

this is brilliant! thanks so much! i am always struggling with this problem with my button downs. will definitely give it a go. you’re inspiring me to learn how to sew, and i can’t wait to get started! my mom’s a quilter, so i suppose i should get goin’ on this know-how. especially now that i’ve seen those maternity clothes you sent jen! how gorgeous!

Leslie M
Leslie M
9 years ago

Though it doesn’t work for everything, I’ve found that sewing most of the placket completely closed is often a good fix for this problem, too. If I can slip something on over my head without unbuttoning it, then this technique works. Another bonus is that there is absolutely NO gaping–not even after a long day–and the front lies nice & smooth. I use a zipper foot since it’s narrow, in order to maneuver near the buttons.

Leslie M
Leslie M
9 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Yes, I’ve done this before, too, depending upon the garment. It gives it a little different look depending upon whether you sew the seam on the left side of the placket or the right side. (One way allows the buttons to still work, though they’re not functional; the other way makes them mostly obsolete.) Experiment and see what you think…. Occasionally, if the buttons were really large or otherwise in the way, I’ve had to remove the buttons before sewing the placket and then sew them back on afterwards.

Leslie M
Leslie M
9 years ago

PS: I sew along the existing seam in the placket, so this fix is nearly invisible.

Janell Young
Janell Young
3 years ago

In answer to your question: “why isn’t there a button right there inline with the bust point?” the answer is because the bust point is in different locations on different women. It differs based on both age (older women have lower bust points) and with size. So, it would be impossible to make it in line with women, unfortunately.