I'd like to start a series on helpful tools for (beginning) seamstresses. And with tools I do not mean sewing machines or the best type of needle - although that would be helpful as well, maybe sometime later?- but rather literally "tools". Things I use regularly and love a lot!
I'll start with this buttonhole measure.
What is it good for?
It divides a given length into equal parts to place buttonholes or other things. It was invented for buttonholes, but you can also use it to distribute decorative trims or pleats or anything you'd like. For buttonholes, you simply put either the first or second position on the breast apex (the part of your chest that marks the widest circumference) and pull it to the full length of your garment. If you'd like more buttons, just carefully mark the positions and move the measure along the garment without changing the interval between the buttonholes.
The same goes for pleats or anything: Set the desired interval and move the measure along the garment. Works like a charm every time!
What does it cost?
I paid 20 Euros including shipping (German seller)
Who needs this?
Everyone who designs their own patterns and uses buttonholes on those. Everyone who has a chest that deviates from the norm and has trouble to find/sew blouses that don't gape at the chest. Everyone who uses trims or large pleats.
Do you have any recommendations for me? Tools you dearly love but no one knows about? Or something that works better than the buttonhole measure I recommend here? I'd love to learn about that!