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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Oh, No. My Dress Shirt has Wings!

Have you ever had a shirt that looks like this when you button it?  The darn collar just won't stay in place.









 You look like an airplane has just landed in your throat.






 Adding collar stays is not my favorite solution because there is no slot for them on the under side of the collar. If you make a "pocket" for a stay, either the stitching will show on the collar's right side, or you have to use hand stitching which may not hold.




I chose to add a buttonhole to the corner of the collar, as shown here. I then had to mark the spot where the button will go. This is not as easy as it looks. Make sure you leave a gap where the tie threads through. Mark the spot with a pin, while the person is wearing the shirt (see previous photo).




When you attach your button, use a piece of scrap fabric or felt on the inside of the shirt. This will keep the button from pulling through the shirt and creating a hole. Have the person try on the shirt and put on a tie. Don't feel bad if you have to move the button. Placement here is trial and error. Unless, of course, you have a more accurate method. Then, by all means, leave it in the comments below.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That's a great buttonhole for the corner of a collar. I envy you your machine1
    Thanks Maripat for joining my Diana's Sewing Lessons site. and for the nice comment. I'm almost ready for another post. Two sewing blogs sure are a lot of work!

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