This evening I set out to put the button hole elastic on to the bodice and add the buttons to the skirt as Claire instructed during our last class:

  1. cut elastic with one or two holes, depending on the size and stretchyness. Cut half way between the one button hole and the next. You will need one for each bone or seam. I used three on each side. More on the side and back than on the front as most people tend to lean forwards more.
  2. machine zig-zag stitch the edges to stop from fraying
  3. use double thread to sew in place
  4. place them so that they finish 15mm-25mm above the waistband
  5. during a fitting work out where to place the buttons on the underskirt
  6. use a flat button on the inside of the underskirt

I had already zig-zag stitched the edges ofthe elastic to stop them from fraying.

Zig-zag stitching the button hole elastic

Zig-zag stitching the button hole elastic

Measuring how far away from the edge to place the bottom of the elastic

Measuring how far away from the edge to place the bottom of the elastic

Elastic sewn in place

Elastic sewn in place

Checking the stretchiness and that it it firmly in place

Checking it is firm


Sewing on a button to the overskirt

Sewing on a button to the overskirt. Pin marking where it should be placed.

Ben helped me during a fitting to mark on the overskirt where the buttons should go.

Buttons sewn on the wrong side (should be on the inside -  I had sewn 5 out 6 before I noticed)

Buttons sewn on the wrong side (should be on the inside - I had sewn 5 out 6 before I noticed)

Once I had rectified my mistake – Button elastic was in action.

Button elastic in action

Button elastic in action

Feels like I could be nearly finished with the costume. Only a few more bits to do.