How to Use Buttons to Close a Seamcomments (5) March 14th, 2009
Add interesting detail to a plain tee or tank by using buttons to close the side seams. I was working on my tank with "holes filled with buttons" that I started for a post a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to try something fun with the rest of the red buttons I had piled up on my cutting board. Instead of sewing a traditional seam, I decided to use the buttons as a closure for one of the side seams. I think it pulls the whole design together. As I worked on my tank, it occurred to me that this would be a great way to update any tee or tank...especially the ones that are a little boxy or loose. You can add a little waistline shaping to the side seams before you close them back up with the buttons!
Here's what you'll need:
- A tee or tank top with side seams that can be cut apart
- Steam-A-Seam 1/4-inch fusible webbing
- A ruler or a Simflex ruler if you've got one (if you don't have a Simflex and you do a lot of garment sewing, you may consider getting one after you see how easy it is to accurately space things like buttons and their holes!)
- Thread that matches or contrasts your buttons
If you're working with a tee or tank from your closet, try it on to check how it fits. If it's too loose, here's your opportunity to give it some shape-put it on inside out and take in the side seams to get a more stylish fit. Use pins to mark the new side seams. Draw a new side seam through all the pin markings, then cut the side seams apart along the line. Use 1/4-inch double-stick fusible tape (such as Steam-A-Seam) to turn the raw edges under to the wrong side.