buttonholes are placed on the right overlap; in men's clothing, buttons are
placed on the right side. The under lap and the overlap must be at least one-
half the button diameter or snap width plus one-fourth of an inch beyond the
center front or the closure seam line.
Buttons (including decorative snaps)
   1. Buttons coordinate with the garment's design, fabric and garment care.
   2. Buttons are spaced appropriately for their size and location.
   3. The fabric under the buttons is additionally reinforced when
   4. The buttons are sew-n securely.
   5. No loose threads hang from the buttons.
   6. The buttons have a self or thread shank appropriate to the fabric's
   1. The type of buttonhole is suitable for the garment's design and fabric.
   2. The buttons and the buttonholes are aligned so that the button rests
       within the top 118 inch of vertical buttonholes, and within 118 inch of
       the center front of horizontal buttonholes.
   3. The buttonholes are securely stitched in thread that matches or
       decoratively contrasts with the fabric. Hand or machine stitching is
       regular and smooth in appearance, with no fraying or loose ends.
   4. The buttonholes are large enough to allow the buttons to pass through
       easily and yet small enough to hold the garment closed.
   5. The buttonholes are even in length, width, and equally spaced unless
       otherwise designed.
   6. If bound, the buttonhole must have the following criteria:
       a. The rectangle has perfectly square corners.
       b. The rectangle's length and width are determined by the button
          size and fabric weight.
       c. Welts are even in width and meet exactly at the center of the
       d. The facing is securely fastened to the back of the buttonhole.
       e. For pressing, see the description under the PRESSING section.


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