Diagram 1 - Gaping at bust

Diagram 1 - Gaping at bust

For those of us with generous busts, the embarrassment of a gap in our shirts around the bust area is usually fixed with a safety pin - not the best way to fix the problem! Press Studs are an option; however they usually pop at the most inconvenient time. Try this technique I came across from a uniform shirt manufacturer.

The label on the shirt said "THE WONDER BUTTON" - No gaping! Intrigued to see what this was all about, I searched for a new wonderful invention, only to find that all they had done was sew a button and buttonhole in between the buttons at the bust (but the button and buttonhole was reversed). In other words, instead of the buttonhole being on the right hand side, it was on the left, and the button was attached to the underside of the buttonhole panel.

Diagram 2 - Concealed button

Diagram 2 - Concealed button

It works fantastic. The button is slightly smaller, which means the buttonhole can be slightly smaller, and because of the position the section does not gap. Try it on an old shirt and see for yourself. The button will have to be sewn on by hand, so that the fabric is not caught at the top, and for that you can use four threads rather than one.

Diagram 3

Diagram 3

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