Alder Sew Along Day 13: Buttons and Buttonholes

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

Today is the last step in the Alder Sew Along, aside from variations. Start by laying the right button band out flat. You’ll be inserting the buttonholes into this side. The measurements I’m using here are the same as on the pattern but feel free to use your own placement. Begin by marking the top of the first buttonhole, 2 1/2″ down from the collar stand.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

The second, and all subsequent buttonholes, are placed 3 1/2″ down from the mark you made for the previous buttonhole. We’re only marking the top of the buttonholes here because that’s how my buttonhole foot works, so if your machine requires a mark for the bottom as well be sure to measure that out based on the size of the buttons you’ve chosen.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

For the buttonhole on the collar stand you’ll want to mark the buttonhole to start aligned with the center of the button band and in the center of the collar stand.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

Once your buttonholes are in slice them open. I used this buttonhole chisel but you can use scissors as well. If you’re going to use a seam ripper be careful because this can go super wrong and your dress is almost done! Be sure to use a sharp one and place a pin through the end of the buttonhole so if you over slice you hit the pin which stops you from slicing through the entire button band. I’ve seen this happen a lot!

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

I like to mark the placement of the buttons off o the buttonholes. This way if anything is slightly off from your original markings everything will be aligned. After you’ve sliced open your buttonholes align the two button bands.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

Place a pin through the buttonhole to mark the button placement. Repeat for all buttonholes.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

You can either sew the buttons on by hand or maybe you have a button foot for your machine which makes this step really easy! That’s what I always do otherwise I’d still be working on my first Archer.

Grainline Studio | Alder Sew Along Day 13 | Buttons and Buttonholes

Once all your buttons are on you’re done, phew! You just made it through the Alder sew along, congrats!! Stay tuned for a few variations as well as some more regularly scheduled, non Alder programming.

9 replies on “Alder Sew Along Day 13: Buttons and Buttonholes

  • Susan Buchanan

    That pin idea for the buttonhole is great! I totally ripped open one of my Archer buttonholes using a seam ripper but luckily the fabric was a dark plaid madras patchwork kind of thing and it wasn’t too noticable to just use a big zig zag to patch it up. I also did that when I accidentally sliced a hole in one of the sleeves. Ugh. That shirt is my masterpiece though!

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  • Kate

    Yep, I’m all about the Stanley knife too. Thanks for doing the sewalong Jen -the Archer is my go to shirt and I’m sure the combined Archer / Alder will also double as my fitted shirt pattern!

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  • Kieran

    Question about your button foot…do you find that the thread is secure afterwards? I always seem to have to end up going back and sewing by hand when I sew my buttons on by machine, which is super lame. Any tips to offer?

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  • Ann T.

    I am an almost-beginner, having made 33 things over the 5 months ago. This was my first time to do a collar, and my second time to do buttonholes. I found your step-by-step instructions easy to follow, and I have just made two Alders, one View A and one View B. Thank you for the pattern and the sewalong. If you were of a mind to do another tutorial on a variation, I find myself yearning for pockets in View B. Seriously, as I stand before the mirror admiring my work, my hands instinctively start moving toward the pockets that aren’t there. I would love to do a third Alder with pockets.

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  • Emily

    Has anyone else noticed that pattern requirements are for 9 buttons, yet the display dress in the pattern store for the Alder dress has 10 buttons on it?

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