This means you will push the threaded needle through the second hole on the front of the button down but not through the fabric. Your needle will be in between the button and fabric.
Buttons are placed in accordance with the buttonhole. Buttonholes must be made before buttons are attached to the garment. $ Buttons are sewn on the center line marking (center front, center back, cuff, etc.) as indicated on the pattern.
Buttons can be made with 2 holes, 3- holes, 4-holes and even 5-holes. Menswear items typically are 4-hole, and Women’s clothing typically has 2-holes. The button holes are frequently recessed from the edge, forming a “center well”.
Horizontal is the most used among the two types. They handle stress and strain really well. If you have a closely fitted dress you should be using a horizontal buttonhole.
Two-hole flat buttons are great for light- or medium-weight fabrics and are usually attached with the holes lined up parallel to the fabric edge. Four-hole flat buttons are better for heavy-weight fabrics, as the extra holes make for a stronger attachment.
Manufacturers put buttons on the left side of women’s clothing as a practical means of distinguishing between men’s and women’s clothing. … Since most people were right-handed, this made it easier for someone standing across from you to button your dress.”
Measure the distance between your top and bottom buttons. Divide this distance between the number of buttons you will use. If you use 5 buttons, divide by 4. You will always divide by one less button, because that is the number of actual spaces between your buttons.