18th Century Covered Button Tutorial– Buttons for the Common Man

18th Century Covered Button Tutorial– Buttons for the Common Man


Welcome! We’re going to try a tutorial video on how to make covered buttons 18th century style. So I have cut some
little circles out of broadcloth which is the material that I’m going to be
making the coat out of that these are gonna be attached to. The way I figured out what size
to make them was they are double the diameter of the forms that I’m using. As we can see. Yep. And then bigger ones… So those smaller ones are going to be
for the sleeves and these bigger ones are gonna be for the front. So The way these work. These were very common on working-class sort of garments. You saw them kind of everywhere. They were the basic default for civilian menswear because they’re simple and cheap and easy and they look nice. I think they
look nice. This is sturdy button thread. It’s
thicker than what I might use for other types of sewing. It might even be too thick. Let’s see. If it is too thick we’ll find out soon enough. This is linen… This is beeswax that I’m using to
strengthen… Strengthen and lubricate the thread. And I’m just letting the heat
from my hands melt it in. There we go. Thimble. Always protect your finger
from the back of the needle. And so So the way these work is they are I’ll do a running stitch around the edge
and draw it in so– So, and use that to draw it in on to the back of the button. Okay so, a little running stitch around the edge… This is not the most interesting
thing to watch. I could speed through it or do a cutaway
but I kind of want to show how much time these actually take so I’m just
gonna shut up and and keep doing this. I don’t know if you can see very well
the way I’m using the thimble to push the needle through. It’s more ergonomic that way. Ah, there we go, we’re almost there. Get it evened out. And now we drop that into the back and we pull it tight. (fake trumpet noise) Oops. This is why it’s good to be using nice sturdy thread because otherwise this part can result in the thread breaking and that’s really annoying because then you have to do it all over. And then I’m going to take a
couple stitches across the back to keep it nice and tight. See how that pulls it in more. That’s
what you want. The jacket I’m making that I’m gonna be
sewing these buttons onto is gonna be a working-class sort of garment. Because I’ve got a nice coat and I’ve got a few waistcoats, but I don’t have any sleeved
garments that are– Any practical sleeved garments. Because the coat’s a
little dressy for a lot of what I do. This will this will give me some
more outfit options for some of my less formal events. And then– that’s enough. And we knot it off– nice and tight. One more just for just for safekeeping. And you’re done! Cut it off the thread– Or actually we’re gonna tuck the thread in. Tuck the thread in and we’ve got a
button! (victory noise) That I didn’t take long at all.

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