Jackie Coat Sewalong – Buttons and Finishing and High Fives all round

By now you have bagged your lining, given everything a good press, and just need to sew on your buttons.

buttons

There are a few things to know that are very helpful when sewing buttons on a coat, which is much thicker than usual.

The first is to be sure to use a button with a shank, or create your own when sewing on the buttons.

There are already a heap of great tutorials online about how to do this:

A great step by step tutorial, including how to use a backing button is here
Some different methods of creating a shank on a flat button is here.

Or you can watch this handy tutorial here:

The backing button is used to help stabilise the button on the front of the coat and prevents any ripping or tearing that can sometimes occur when using a bigger button that is going to see a fair bit of wear.  I like to use one on coats because it also is prettier to look at than a clump of thread.

backing buttons

Now all you have to do is wear your Jackie with pride! 

Thanks for joining in the sewalong, I hope you had fun and have a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction now you are done (and something to wear as the weather cools down as well).  

All the posts in the sewalong are here.
Lots more construction photos in the Flickr Group here.
Maria and I will be posting our finished Jackie’s up tomorrow, so stay tuned folks.

  • Linda

    Yes, always use a backer button, but- something I learned a long time ago was to start sewing a button on the right side!!! The ugly knots will be underneath the button and al you will see when that facing flaps open is a small stitch. So on blouses and garments where no backer button is used, you will have a clean look.

    • Totally! I agree completely. I actually only just started doing this recently after reading the technique I think in the Couture Sewing book by Claire Shaeffer (I think that book but I’ve been reading about sewing techniques all over the place lately so I could be wrong) and I am total convert. It looks so much neater and easier to get the button in the correct position too.

  • Linda

    Yes, always use a backer button, but- something I learned a long time ago was to start sewing a button on the right side!!! The ugly knots will be underneath the button and al you will see when that facing flaps open is a small stitch. So on blouses and garments where no backer button is used, you will have a clean look.

  • Totally! I agree completely. I actually only just started doing this recently after reading the technique I think in the Couture Sewing book by Claire Shaeffer (I think that book but I've been reading about sewing techniques all over the place lately so I could be wrong) and I am total convert. It looks so much neater and easier to get the button in the correct position too.

  • Oooh, can’t wait to see the finished product! I’m not brave enough to attempt a tailored jacket just yet, but that is certainly my ultimate goal.