Ever wanted to make a rouleau loop? I used my fourth make of the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress to snap some photos of my own rouleau loop in the making.
This pattern suggests a hook and eye closure at the rear neckline, but I’ve always applied my own rouleau loop and button closure instead. It’s easy!
Cut a rectangle of fabric on the bias. It should be 3 inches or 7.6 cm long and just over twice the width of your standard sewing machine foot. Press it in half lengthways, right sides together.
Sew a row of stitches down the centre of the folded over strip.
- Thread a needle and knot the doubled over thread.
- Hand sew a couple of anchoring stitches in one end of your row of machine stitching.
- Insert the head of your needle into the loop and push up to the top.
- Use the needle and thread to pull the loop inside out and then snip your threads.
Voila! A quick press and you have a rouleau loop. Choose a button.
Follow the rest of the pattern’s facing instructions, but before sewing down the facings to the rear opening, insert your rouleau loop between the facing and back pattern piece. Adjust the size of the loop to the diameter of your button.
Job done. The fabric is a polyester bought from Saeed Fabrics. Love it! This is my fourth iteration of this pattern but it won’t be my last.