Hello dear readers!
I’ve been thinking about my blog organization lately (as you do), and I was thinking how some of my technique tutorials are buried in posts and are hard to find. So, I thought I’d start “Technique of the Week” to showcase a few of the couture touches I love so that they are more readily accessible and easier to find.
Today is fabric covered snaps.
This is a great technique that is used often in couture sewing to disguise metal snaps and make them nearly invisible. According to Claire Shaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques, they aren’t nearly as strong as hooks and eyes and are therefore often used in conjunction with another type of fastening. They are mostly found on lapped closings and on coats/jackets (see my Swing Jacket post as an example).
You can cover snaps with self fabric if it’s not too thick, but if it is you can use a lining fabric of similar colour.
Here’s how it goes (I learned this technique from Shaffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques book)
1. Cut a circle of fabric twice the diameter of the snap and make running stitches all along the border.
2. Put the female part of the snap facing the wrong side of the fabric and pull on the threads to close the snap inside the fabric and secure with numerous stitches.
Now, place the male part of the snap into the female part to make a small dent in the middle and sew to your garment.
That’s all there is to it! I hope that you find use for fabric covered snaps in your projects as they add a very nice touch and are pretty easy to do. If you have trouble with fraying, some fray stopper would work well.
Relax and Enjoy,