The Juniper Cardigan Sew Along - All about Buttons

Monday, July 10, 2017

Just a little post today all about adding buttons to your Juniper Cardigan - long story short, there isn't really much that can go wrong...

Number of buttons:

Use all-the-buttons or none at all, it's entirely up to you. In fact, I think that the long-line Juniper lends itself beautifully to being transformed into a button-less cardigan (though it also looks amazing buttoned all the way down too).

I personally like to use two on my long-line cardigan (which is the only reason why I use that as the suggestion on the pattern), and a full set of 6 on my cropped versions (even though my blue cardigan sample only has 5 buttons because one went missing...).

Button Type:

What kind of button should you use? A button-button? A shank button? A popper button?

Again, it's really up to you! I've used various different buttons for my Juniper Cardigans - for this sew along sample I've opted for pearly-white shank buttons.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing a button type is that if you're using an extra thick fabric or if you've added grosgrain ribbon on top interfacing and a good fabric, you may notice that your band is now extra thick. Using a shank button might be a good idea here as it will cope much better when done up than a standard button will with the additional thickness.

Adding Buttons:

On the right hand side (as if you were wearing it) insert your buttonholes using the instructions that come with your sewing machine (or popper button packet) and then hand-sew buttons onto the left hand side, matching your button holes, and voila!

Let's pop some pockets on next, shall we?

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