The Art of the Buttonhole
Learn to sew beautiful, traditional buttonholes by hand in this free course.
Buttonholes are one of the most important parts of a fine coat or other garment, in that they serve both a decorative function — drawing the eye towards the details — and more importantly, prevent the garment from wear and tear over time as buttons are done and undone and stress is put on the clothing.
In this free course from Historical Tailoring Masterclasses, learn how to work your own buttonholes by hand with traditional techniques used by tailors for centuries.
The following material is covered over the four days of the class, both in written form with photographs, and with high-definition video:
- Buttonhole Layout
- Cutting the Buttonholes
- Preventing Fraying Buttonhole
- Gimp or Four-Cord
- The Buttonhole Stitch
If you need more than four days to finish your buttonholes, as most people do, don’t worry! You can login to the class at any time and continue right where you left off.
List of Supplies
Here are the necessary supplies you’ll need for the class.
- 1/8″ hollow hole punch (usually available at hardware stores).
- 1/2″ chisel.
- Flat wooden board.
- Small hammer.
- Silk buttonhole twist.
- Silk or cotton sewing thread.
- Two equally sized pieces of fabric, approximately 5″ by 12″.
- 5″ by 12″ linen.