This technique works best with thick non-fraying fabrics.
I used some vintage gold loop buttons, a sharp scissor and a sturdy leather cord, more specifically, boat shoe lace. You can buy leather cords at endlessleather.com.
Check if the leather cord goes though the button loop.
Measure up where you want the buttons to go.
Use a sharp scissor to cut up the button holes.
Check if the buttons go through the holes.
Punch holes for the buttons using something sharp. Make sure you do not stab your hand while doing this (I did :C).
Pull through the leather lace in the first hole at the top or bottom of the row. I marked out where the holes were with bobby pins, hah…
String on first button.
And pull down the cord through the hole again…
Continue until all buttons are attached.
Make sure the leather cord is not pulled too tight. I tried buttoning the jacket too see if it was going to work before I cut off the excess cord.
I fastened the ends by stitching the cord a couple of times and hid them underneath the hem at the bottom and the collar at the top.
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