No-wrinkle Button Seam





Introduction: No-wrinkle Button Seam

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No matter how many times I iron my button-up shirts the button seam always gets all wrinkly by the end of the day. What's even more frustrating is that the rest of the shirt is usually fine, it's just the button seam that goes all bacon-y and bunches up. SO FRUSTRATING!

I decided to solve this problem once and for all, and keep that crisp and ironed looks to my shirts all day long. The result is a straight and wrinkle-free button seam that can hold up all day, and have survived a handful of washes without losing any stiffness. This easy clothing hack was completed in under 10 minutes and required just an iron and fabric interface.

Ready to look sharp all day long? Let's make!

Step 1: Fabric Interface

To keep my shirts looking crisp and ironed I used extra firm fusible interfacing, the extra firm stuff is really stiff and keeps the button seam straight and unwrinklable. They also make medium weight fusible interfacing if you want a more flexible seam.

You'll also need an iron and an ironing board, and of course a misbehaving garment you want to straighten out.

Step 2: Set Iron

Plug iron in and turn the heat to the "medium" setting, typically the cotton setting. The interface works best with steam, so if you have a steaming option on your iron fill iron with water and set it to steam.

Allow iron to come to temperature before starting.

Step 3: Iron Seam Flat

Before starting with any interfacing you'll need to start from a straight and flat section of fabric, so carefully iron the button seam flat.

Step 4: Measure + Cut

Unfold the fusible interfacing and line your shirt button seam with the straight edge from one side of the interfacing.

Cut a straight section from the interfacing the same width as your button seam.

Step 5: Find the Right Side + Iron

You'll probably notice that the fusible interfacing looks different on either side (if you didn't, check it out!) - there's a shiny side and a matte side. The shiny side is the side that adheres to the fabric, place your cut strip of fusible interfacing shiny side down on top of the button seam with the openings and then run your hot iron carefully down the strip.

Work the iron slowly over every step of the fusible interfacing, I spent about 20 seconds per inch of interfacing. Wait for the interfacing to cool completely. Resist the temptation to pull or peel the interfacing while it is hot as it will come off!

Step 6: Slice New Button Openings

Because the fusible interfacing is now covering the button openings new openings will need to be cut into the interfacing. Using a sharp hobby knife I carefully sliced through the existing openings into the interfacing creating new slits for the buttons to pass through.

Step 7: Hey, Good Looking!

You're all done, and looking great!

With the interface backing behind the button seam keeping the crease crisp and straight, your button shirts will look great all day long.

Have you upgraded your button up shirts with with a no-wrinkle seam?I want to see it!
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Heh heh heh - really nice job! I hate the button holes loosening, too. Good easy solution. Funny how I was just HOPING it wasn't fusible interface... but it works!

Hello, I have a suggestion. Do not purchase all cotton shirts or shirts with more than 40% cotton. Find the shirts with the 60/40 polyester cotton blend or the 65/35 blend. Wash light cycle, then dry on low, as the shirts start to become dry, take shirts out ONE at a time, putting them on the hanger, and straighten the front pulling at top and bottom. You are done.

I told my husband when we got married, that I do not Iron, he ironed his shirts for a few months, then had them drycleaned, and then dumped them. Not worth the time or effort. He went with what I had told him at the beginning. It has worked for 42 years. He looks nice, not wrinkled, and neither of us iron.

Otherwise, your option sounds good. Just one more thing to have to do.

genius! these types of wrinkles in clothes and my boxers always annoyed the hell out of me!

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Please don't put interfacing in your boxers. Ouch! 8-\

There are very many different thicknesses of interfacing, from "barely there" to thick.

thanks, good to know!

haha after looking at where the wrinkles were I decided not to!

Mikeasaurus, you da man! My world has been expanded. No longer must I turn away from a lovely button up blouse due to fear of bacony button placket. Now I dare to dream.....might this work on unruly pocket flaps?

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It sure does! I have this on all my button seams, pocket flaps, and even the ever-curling collar!

Definitely not. It leaves residue that will stick parts of the shirt together in a mess in the dryer. But you were kidding, right?

Huzahs to you and the additional sizing idea in the comments. Always have to pull out an iron if I really want to wear the "bacony" shirt. Now I will only have to do it once!!! Wonder how long it will hold up to washes?

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I'm probably 10 washes in and it still provides a nice flat seam. After a while it'll need another application. Luckily it's a quick job!

As a sewer, I can tell you this stuff is permanent. There's no "how many washes?" aspect to it. I do have to correct something you said -- the "cotton" setting on an iron is NOT "medium". The only setting hotter than the cotton setting is "linen", so it's quite hot. Follow directions on the interfacing package. I believe some say use the wool setting which is not as hot.

pagepanther, sorry but you made me laugh there. When you said you were a sewer my mind automatically pictured a waste water conduit!

Sorry again!

LOL! That happens all the time on the internet, so many now call themselves "sewists" - a person who sews without denoting skill level. To say one is a "seamstress" implies very expert skill level. Waste conduit? Maybe a skirt would be a waist conduit?

Well my mom used to make shirts and this was part of the making of a good shirt, added to the collar and button seem and cuffs. Alas you have discovered a fix for something that should not have needed fixing but does since all of the US's clothing manufacturing has moved to China and the 3rd world. #madeinchina #fixedinUSA

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Agreed. Many commercial shirts have no interfacing at all!

In India we have bonded cuffs, collars and plackets. Formal shirts are always like this. Only casual shirts do not have the stiff bonding material.

I have seen some of the clothes from India and they are beautifully made.