I admit I don’t get a request to sew on satin covered buttons very often.
It’s happened twice in the last eight years.
But, you’ve seen satin covered buttons before, right?
They are usually seen on wedding dresses or other bridal items.
The button is covered in satin on one side and has a softly padded shank on the other.
As you know, my daughter is getting married soon and she wanted me to add satin covered buttons to the back of her dress.
I thought I could run down to the local fabric store and buy a pile of them.
They don’t carry them.
Thankfully, they were available in the big city 75 miles away.
Some of you buy them on the internet.
I thought of that, but I wanted to make sure they’d match the dress closely as her dress is not a bright white, but a cross between white and candlelight.
I took a swatch of the fabric to match and wouldn’t you know, they had a bag of bright white ones and a bag of candlelight!
So I chose the candlelight color because the bright white made the dress look dirty.
Have I lost you in the details yet?
The owner of the store (they’ve been in business 50 years this year!) told me to figure two buttons per inch, and a few extra for the bustle, (that’s if she chooses an over bustle.)
So, I put a pin in the zipper area every 1/2″, starting at the 1/4″ mark.
To begin, use one long continuous double thread to sew them on.
Be sure and put a good knot on the end of the thread and come up from the back of the dress with your needle.
Make sure your knot doesn’t get in the way of the zipper.
Using one long continuous double thread saves me major time sewing on the buttons one by one.
Do you see how I sew these on?
As I’m sewing one button on, I put the needle in just past the next pin. You can see the very tip of my needle poking through the fabric just to the left of the next pin to the left of the button. I do this so that you cannot see the thread on the under side of the fabric.
Then, I push the needle into the button shank making sure it is horozontally inserted:
Here’s a side view of the buttons after stitching them on:
They look like little mushrooms all lined up!
Then, repeat the process, following the photo below:
Push your needle to the back of the dress and knot it securely.
Halfway through the sewing, I poked my finger with the needle by accident.
I drew a little blood.
Do you know how to get blood off your wedding dress?
In the photo below, on the middle button, you can see where I have already dabbed a bit of my saliva on the blood stain.
It was bright red, but now it’s pink:
A little bit more saliva and the stain is gone! (I’m not kidding! See the second button from the left):
In the above photo, look at the third button over from the left.
That one is not the one that had the blood stain.
This button has a flaw.
Unfortunately, I only bought just enough buttons, so I had to use this one somewhere in the lineup.
Can you relate?
I’m hoping it won’t show.
At least it’s not on the front of the dress.
See how easy it is to sew on a set of covered buttons?