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Are you one of many who would like to sew a particular garment but are put off by having to sew buttonholes? Fear not, there is an alternative, non- sew poppers!






This skirt is button through and is a very popular design. It buttons all the way up the side and can be lined, as mine is, with a contrasting fabric.




 The pattern is ARIELLE by Tilly and The Buttons and the fabrics are from Abakhan.co.uk You will have seen these fabrics before as they both feature in my previous blog post about making blouses.

The lining is cotton lawn, COTTON LAWN which comes in many colours at only £4.94 per metre. Liberty cotton lawn is also available, slightly more expensive but still affordsble.The denim is plain 4oz Denim in Dark blue at £8.99 per metre PLAIN DENIM




After cutting out transfer all your pattern markings to the fabric, I always do it the old fashioned way by using tailors tacks.


To make up the skirt there are very good instructions in Tilly And The Buttons own web site so do not hesitate to follow her on the link HERE



 This is my skirt sewn together , darts sewn, pressed and waiting for the lining.




The lining is not difficult to put together although it does look it. If you are unsure then make it easy on yourself and make the unlined version, but really don't be put off, it is very satisfying when you achieve something new and it does look nice when you see the beautifully coloured inside each time you put it on.



 This blog post is about alternatives to buttons and here they are, Non - sew poppers and buttons!  Jaycotts.co.uk sell them,  some of which can be viewed here,but do contact them if you cannot see the ones you want, they have more in stock.  View them by clicking on this link  NON SEW BUTTONS I chose antique silver jeans buttons.





I suggest that if you have never used these before that you have a practise. They are not at all difficult but you do need to ensure that which ever tool you used to attach them they are firmly attached to your garment.

The best tool I have ever found for attaching poppers, eyelets and rivets are these pliers, view pliers here . They make the job so much easier and enable you to exert enough pressure so that they are firmly attached.

Lots more tools, poppers and so on can be viewed Here






 Once you have made up your skirt try it on pinning it in place and mark where the overlap should end marking it with tailors chalk. Take it off and mark where the top of the poppers should go,  in this place the fancy part needs to be on show so make a marking every three inches or so down the right side of the skirt which is the wrapover part.

Following the instructions on the packet and using the tool attachment for the pliers which comes in the packet attach them to the skirt firmly.



The easiest way to mark the position for the other side is to cover the press stud with tailors chalk and press it firmly to the left side of the skirt. This will leave a mark for the position of the popper.  It is best to mark it again to make it easier to see. Do this all the way down and check that the positions are correct before getting your pliers out again.



For anything which is in a hard to reach area then there is this tripod tool which enables you to attach a popper in the middle of an area or anywhere where you could not use the pliers. This is a great tool see more details about it on the link HERE





You may need to attach a press stud to the inside of the wrapover too in order to hold it in place at the side.



This is the finished skirt, I think you will agree that the non sew buttons look every bit as good as normal buttons, and no sewing involved! The lining on this skirt is amazing, so thank you ABAKHAN.CO.UK for the fabrics.


Now that you have made a garment with non sew buttons you will think of many more uses for them, the small pearl ones would look lovely on a blouse, the tiny silver ones would finish the pockets on a pair of jeans beautifully. Large ones would look great on a jacket or coat........ the list is endless!


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Thank you for reading this post, I do hope that you will try an alternative to buttonholes!