|Buttons by Moving Mud, fabric by O! Jolly!|
Using the cut and sew method there is no excuse for not stabilizing. If I were planning a structured jacket like the Zipper Ripple Jacket, I'd probably just use interfacing and facing as for a jacket of woven fabric. To keep the "sweatery" look, I'm using what hand knitters often use -- grosgrain ribbon.
The preparation is the same for buttons or buttonholes. I'm using a relatively thick and squishy half cardigan fabric in this example. (Hand knitter's will recognize it as a half fisherman rib or shaker rib.) I wanted to eliminate some of the bulk that might happen at the edge from the seam allowance had I sewn the ribbon on like a regular facing. Instead, since the ribbon already has a finished edge, I made a lapped seam. I placed the ribbon edge 1/4 inch over the raw edge of the sweater knit and then glue basted them together.
|I used fabric glue stick this time, but washable school glue would have worked just fine.|
Since one side of my presser foot was going to be on sweater knit and the other on grosgrain ribbon , I decided to use the walking foot. I used an inside edge of my walking foot as a guide and I sewed the lapped seam.
The last step was folding and pressing the ribbon to the wrong side and sewing on the button. (Yes, I pressed, not just steamed this time, but I only pressed the edge.) The pic at the top of this page shows the result. Next I'll need to practice my machine sewn buttonholes on sweater knit! (Edit: Buttonhole post is here!)