Archer Sew Along | Day 4 | Making the Button Bands

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

Today we’re going to be making the button bands. Starting with the left front button band, which we interfaced yesterday, fold one inch of fabric from the CF edge over to the underside of the shirt.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

Fold that edge over again so all raw edges are concealed inside the button band.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

Stitch as close to the folded edge as possible. I usually do about 1/16″ which is approximately where the inner edge of my foot starts. Set the left front aside.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

Now for the right front button band. Pin the button band to the right front with right sides facing and stitch along the 1/2″ seam allowance.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

Grade the seam trimming the seam allowance of the button band and press the button band towards the CF. I like to press a crease in the center of the button band at this step as well.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

Fold the seam allowance under and press.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

You’re now going to stitch the seam in place while simultaneously topstitching along the front edge of the button band. Again I like to stitch 1/16″ from the edge.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

If you’re worried about catching the back of the button band while topstitching with the right side of the garment facing up here’s a little tip for you. When you fold under your seam allowance, make sure that the fabric overlaps the seam line. You don’t have to overlap by much, mine usually only overlap about 1/16″ (apparently that is the magic number of today’s blog post) but that will be enough to ensure that you don’t have any places where you don’t catch.

Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Making the Button Bands

I also like to stitch along the other edge at the same distance because I think it looks nice and finished. I also love symmetry. It’s really up to you on what type of look you like though. No special silk instructions today because all steps are the same for all fabrics!

16 replies on “Archer Sew Along | Day 4 | Making the Button Bands

  • Carolyn

    Hi Jen. It seems like there is a tiny step missing in the text. Between “Pin the button band to the right front with right sides facing.” and “Grade the seam trimming the seam allowance..” shouldn’t it say to sew the seam?

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  • Cécile

    Hello ! Thanks for the Archer Sew along ! It’s awesome !
    I have a question. Do you have any tip for folding the button bands super straight.
    I find it really hard to fold so it’s perfectly straight.
    How do you do that ?

    Thanks a lot

    Cécile

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  • Jodie

    It would be helpful in the future to use a fabric that has an obvious front and back side (for instructional pictures purposes) I’ve noticed this to be a problem for some students of mine when following your printed patterns as well. Just a kind suggestion.

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    • Jen

      Hi- I have started using fabric with a more obvious right and wrong in the past year or two since this was published. I’m a little confused about the printed pattern though, all of the instructions feature a white right side and a gray wrong side with a key to further explain this point and always have. If you’d like to email me with your concerns about the pattern and how this is confusing (as far as I can tell it’s standard on all patterns I’ve ever used) I’d be happy to listen. Thanks.

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  • Heather Jansen

    Hi! I’m confused about the right front button band– the step after we sew it to the right side, grade it, and press it. Do we then turn the raw edge under 1/2″, and then fold to meet the seam just sewn? Then sew that seam close to edge? Thanks!!

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  • Phyllis Santerre McCullum

    Hey this should be the pocket installation. Also, the question above it’s not been answered. I am confused as well about the right button band and how much it is folded over.

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  • martha

    I am currently trying to make my first Archer. I can see why someone might be confused about the button band (buttonhole band, right?). In step 4, the instructions direct you to *fold the unfused half of the button band …* but it does not say how far to fold it. The pattern piece has a grainline and a 2 notches but no markings for a fold. I played with it until it looked like the cut-on band found on the left side. HTH.

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