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Hey everyone, so I made this Christmas dress
for Audrey and bought these pretty vintage buttons to secure the back. When I ordered them online, I missed the little
detail that they are cufflink buttons, the description had it right there, I just didn’t
see it. Anywho, so now… how did I install these
little beauties? Well, I decided on four buttons and marked
their positions with some tailor’s caulk. Then I used this buttonhole silk twist thread
and started to make a large eyelet. I realized that the black velvet with black
thread was not the best for the video, so I switched to this purple corduroy with white
pearl cotton. I’m just using a scrap piece of corduroy
and doubling it over. So I’m sending my needle up away from where
I’m going to put the eyelet that way I can hide the tail. Then I stitch a circle, going through both
pieces of fabric. This circle helps to establish your lines
as well as keep your fabric together with its lining. And I didn’t use any knot here, I’m just
being careful not to pull my thread through, but after a little bit, it’ll become secure. Next I used an awl to form a hole. This is going to be quite a rather large eyelet,
so the awl is just the first step. I’m going to trim away the excess fabric
and then keep going with the awl, and trimming up the excess fabric until I get the hole
big enough. And big enough is going to be a smidgen bigger
than what you want your end result to be, since the eyelet stitches will take up some
room and bring some tension to the situation, which will bring everything closer together. So to form the eyelet, you’ll use the buttonhole
stitch by taking your needle to the wrong side of your work, looping your thread behind
your needle, like behind the tail end of the needle as well as the front end of the needle. And then pull your needle through. Give a decent yank on your thread and you’ll
see a little pearl, if you will, form at the front of the stitch. Rise and repeat… you’ll work around the
circle until you get to the other side. I’m going to leave some of this footage
in, but if you want to jump ahead to the next step, here’s the time stamp. Alternatively, I thought about using a small
grommet to make a hole to accept the cufflink buttons… and I still think that that would
be a good choice, particularly if you’re not into hand sewing. To finish off the eyelet, I send my needle
to the back side and slide it under the last stitch, which kinda holds the thread in place,
and then I send my needle between the lining and garment fabric so I can hide the tail
once again. And
now we have a way to insert this cufflink button. Of course, you’ll need one eyelet on each
side of the garment so the cufflink button can secure the two sides together. Finally, I felt a little weird about the pin
part being against my daughter’s skin, I mean, it’s not sharp, but still, felt like
I should cover that part up. So I hand sewed some scrap satin batiste onto
the back side so the cufflink button’s pin would slide into it and be covered by the
batiste. I just folded the raw edge under, gave it
an ironing and hand sewed it into place, being careful not to extend my stitches to the right
side of the garment. They aren’t the easiest buttons in the world,
but for a special, one-time garment, they are do-able. I hope this video was helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them
in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. As always, I appreciate y’all for watching
and I hope to catch ya next time.

James Carver

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