Today, in the Collins Top Sew-along, it's time to make the button loop for the centre back closure. You will need the button loop for both versions of the Collins Top.
If you think you would prefer to make a hand-stitched button loop, check out this tutorial for more guidance.
Create the button loop
Take your Button Loop piece, which should have been cut on the bias.
Take the BUTTON LOOP piece and fold in half lengthways, with right sides together. Press and pin.
Stitch along the long (raw) edge with a 1.5cm (⅝in) seam allowance. Once it is turned out to the right side, press the loop flat to neaten it up, rolling the seam to one side.
Trim back the seam allowance, close to the stitch line. Use safety pin or bodkin to turn the loop right side out. If you are struggling to turn it through, you can also take a think hand needle, make a few stitches close to the end of the tube and then guide the needle through the loop, before pulling the thread to turn it right side out (if you'd like more guidance on this technique, check out this tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons).
Once it is turned out to the right side, press the loop flat to neaten it up, rolling the seam to one side.
Work out how big you need the loop to be, to go around your button comfortably (you don't want it to be too tight or too loose). You can simply do this by folding the button loop and gripping it closed at different points until you are happy with the size. Once you have the right size, put a pin through both ends of the loop to mark the correct size. Trim off any excess length.
Attach the button loop
Grab your top that you are assembled using the last ... tutorials (1, 2 and 3...).
With the back of the top facing up, turn back the right side of the centre back opening, so that you can access the left side of the opneing. Place a pin horizontally 1cm (⅜in) down from the neckline to mark the position of the button loop.
Take the BUTTON LOOP and pin in place at the position marked in the previous step. The loop should be pointing away from the centre back opening.
Carefully machine stitch in place - a couple of millimetres from the crease (inside the centre back seam allowance).
Fold both centre back seam allowances back to the inside of the top, and give the opening (along with button loop) a good press.