In the previous posts, called "Buttoning-Up 1 & 2" I discussed making your own buttons out of beads and thread. Rest assured that at the end of the day, the pain pays off, as we sew them onto the doublet and undertake the tedious and often nerve-wracking task of cutting and sewing the button holes...
|The buttons in situ.|
Remember, cloth stretches. Ideally, a button hole will be just the size or even a hair smaller than the button that it's supposed to accommodate. Make a loop with your strip of paper and wrap it around the button until you're certain that the loop you've made is just the right size for the button to pass through, but only just.
The length of button hole you need is the length of the 1/2 of your loop.
|Measure the button.|
|Flatten the loop and measure|
|Transfer your measurement to the garment using a fabric pencil.|
So you should know that there are many ways to go about this,and as always this is how I do it.
I cut them first because it's easier to work with if you are sewing them by hand. Your mileage may vary.
The period method of cutting button holes (as well and pinks and slashes for that matter) appears to be the chisel. I've tried various ways of going about it and keep coming back to using a chisel. It's easier to cut a straight line than when using a razor, it's faster and less finicky than scissors, and it's the period method of doing it anyway.
When I'm pinking or slashing, I use a woodworking tool that I've sharped to razor sharpness. For button holes, especially those which need to accommodate homemade (non-standard size) buttons, I can rarely find just the right size of chisel in my toolchest. So for button holes, the 'chisel' I use is a chisel-tip Exacto blade.
|The blade in the holder.|
Then make your button hole stitches all around the hole you made until you're done.