So this is it! We are going to put what I like to call the ‘finishing touches’ on our garment and finish our Durban jumpsuit today!
Using the button placement guide mark the location of the buttonholes and buttons. The markings on the guide are for the centre of the button and buttonholes, so be sure to start sewing your buttonholes at the appropriate position. The buttonholes will be sewn on the right placket and the buttons on the left. Mine are marked faintly with a blue washout fabric marker in the photo above.
Sew your buttonholes on the right placket and open them according to your preferred method.
Then sew your buttons onto the left placket.
I like to overlap my plackets, place a pin through the middle of my buttonholes (once they’re created), and mark my button placement to be sure the waistline and plackets align properly at this step.
Now let’s hem! Hem the pants, shorts, or sleeves by turning up 1/2” (1.2cm) wrong sides together and press. Then turn again 1” (2.5cm) and press to enclose the raw edge.
Topstitch just under 1” from the hemline edge along the folded edge of the hem. I like to use my edge stitch foot and sew from the inside to close the turned-up edge for a perfect hem.
The method is the same for the sleeves.
Now let’s make a belt! This is an optional but fun and stylish option. For the belt, you’ll need to cut 4 pieces with the chevron tip. Note: I had enough fabric to instead cut the belt piece on the fold (removing the seam allowance), so instead of 4 pieces I have 2. If you have 4 pieces sew two of them right sides together at the short edges at 5/8”. Press the seam open and then repeat for the other two belt pieces.
Place the two belts right sides together and sew around the edges at 5/8” (1.5cm), but be sure to leave a gap of about 3” in the middle. Clip the corners of the seam allowance and turn the belt right side out through the gap in the middle.
Use a pointing tool to make the corners of the chevron ends square and press the belt.
Close the gap of the belt by topstitching or hand sewing it closed. Note the D-ring or O-ring belt is constructed in a similar manner. You simply use 2 chevron and 2 rectangular belt pieces instead. Then you attach the D-rings or O-rings to the square ends. And if you’d like to add belt loops just fold the belt loop in half widthways and sew 1/4” (6mm). Turn the loop around using a loop turner or safety pin. Press and then cut in half. Fold 1/4” (6mm) in at each end, press, and then topstitch the two belt loops on at the side seams, centred over the waist seam.
And we’re done! I hope you have fun rocking your new Durban Jumpsuit! This is such a great pattern with lots of variations. I can’t wait to see what you all sew up!
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Here’s the full list of Durban posts and tutorials:
- How to Choose Between Durban & Durban Curve
- Inspiration & Ideas
- Durban Tester Roundup & Durban Curve Tester Roundup
- Fitting & Alterations: Lengthening & Shortening
- Fitting & Alterations: Grading Between Sizes
- Fitting & Alterations: Bust & Armscye Adjustments
- Prep, Stabilizing & Darts
- Bodice Seams & Sleeves
- Sleeveless Facings
- Inseam, Patch & Back Pockets
- Combining Bodice & Pants
- Placket & Inseam
- Placket Tips
- Closures, Hemming & Belts (this post!)
- D-Ring Belt
- Durban Maker Roundup