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Button Loops

Bonnie_Braga's picture

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I am making bridesmaids dresses (skirt & top) using bridal satin and plan to use buttons & loops up the back of the top instead of a zipper. Does anyone out there have any tips or tricks for constructing/applying the loops? The sewing books I have are not very helpful in this area and I'm not very happy with the results. I am using 20mm self-covered buttons and have to make the loops because I cannot find any cording in the colour I need. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Tx. Bonnie

Shannon_Gifford's picture

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Bonnie,
Loops out of bridal satin might be a bit too thick for this end use...is it possible to find a thinner fabric in a pretty close color to the original?
Also, invest in a loop turner if you don't already have one...it looks like a straw made of brass with a separate wire that pulls the loops through. I have all sizes of this tool and they are wonderful! You would need the smallest one that your fabric will allow....
After the loops/bias are turned right side out, I would machine baste them to a ribbon or rayon seam tape , spacing them as you would like them to be in the final garment. This will be much easier to handle than trying to pin them on the actual garment, and when you finish making your loop tape, you can stitch in place quite easily.
Shannon

Carol_Fresia's picture

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Also: consider cheating and putting a concealed zipper in the dress, with the buttons as decoration. Takes some of the pressure off the buttons, you and the wearer!

Judy_Williment's picture

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I'd agree with the idea of a concealed zip - I've done this, and with buttons sewn right next to the seam, it looks like they fasten the dress. I've also used a great product which is basically a tape with loops of round elastic woven into it to use for closely spaced, small buttons. I don't know if it would be suitable, but if it is, you just sew in the tape, and the elastic loops are hidden underneath the buttons when the dress is worn.

Anne_Weaver's picture

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Ooooh, I'm conjuring up all kinds of projects using the button loop tape. Can you tell me what it is called, or where I might find some?

--Anne W. in Little Rock

Judy_Williment's picture

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I'm afraid I've no idea where to suggest you start looking - I live in New Zealand! I'd guess the type of store which sells bridal/evening fabrics might be a good place to start. It saves so much time, and is so easy to use (both sewing in and buttoning up) I hope you find it. As far as I know it's just called button loop tape. I'll scout a few websites and see if I can find any sources.

Shannon_Gifford's picture

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www.sewtrue.com
www.mjtrim.com
www.atlantathread.com
All three of these sites carried it as of about two months ago (when I was looking for it). If it is not on the site, call their 800 number and ask.
HTH
Shannon

Judy_Williment's picture

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Shannon, thanks for that - I had no luck on the sites I tried.

Anne_Weaver's picture

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Thanks!! (I've been checking what few local stores we have here, but have had no luck.)

--Anne

ClaireDuffy's picture

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I saw a wedding dress once which was buttoned all the way up the back but inside was, not a zip, but bra hook and eye. It was a very secure fitting.


Claire in Australia

nakpunar's picture

Bridal Button loop trimming (post #24365, reply #10 of 11)

If you check the website www.nakpunar.com there are wide variety of elastic, non elastic, satin rat tail bridal button loops in different colors.

nakpunar's picture

Bridal Button loop trimming (post #24365, reply #11 of 11)

If you check the website www.nakpunar.com there are wide variety of elastic, non elastic, satin rat tail bridal button loops in different colors.