You know how it goes… you’ve just spent the better part of three weeks tailoring and hand stitching and whatnot and you’re coming to the end of a mammoth jacket make but it’s Wednesday evening and all the shops are shut and you need three buttons! Just three matching buttons….
You also know that buttons make or break a garment, so any old ones will not do. You want this jacket finished so what do you do?
Take three right sized buttons of any colour: cut some circle-shaped self-fabric like this – big one for the button and a smaller one for later. Using basting thread, sew the button face down on the larger circle with a few loose stitches (holding only)
Thread a strong needle with a long double length of matching thread, knot the end and sew a fine running stitch around the edge. Pull tight.
Sew a criss-cross of stitches to hold the gathers.
Trim any loose threads carefully but do not cut the needle thread. Remove the holding stitches.
Place the smaller circle over the gathers, turning under the raw edge. Using a small and tight whip stitch sew the small circle all the way around the button.
Push the last bit under with your needle.
Press the living daylights out of the covered button to flatten and shrink the fabric.
Now you have three matching buttons and you didn’t even have to leave the house.
Make the jacket buttonholes, sew on the buttons (finding the holes can be a wee bit difficult to start with), press and wear.