This fabric is really thick! I was a bit worried about the bound buttonholes, so did a bit of research. In the Reader's Digest Complete Book of Sewing the "two-piece piped method" is recommended for thick fabrics. That's the one where you make an organza window and sew the welts in behind, so that's what I did.
I can't figure out why it is recommended for thick fabrics over my favourite method, as there are actually more layers of fabric in the finished buttonhole, and there is a greater thickness differential between the welts and the main panel. Mmm. If anyone has any idea why Reader's Digest recommends this way, do share - you know I always want to know the why!
This method looks easy, but is actually quite hard to stitch the welts accurately - I had to unpick and reposition a couple. I think I'll return to my favourite method in future, which is more foolproof in my opinion.
OK - Pictorial time!
(I've kept this wordless, but have numbered all the images so you can easily ask questions if you don't understand what I'm doing!)
As you can see, I'm doing lots of hand stitching on this jacket, just because I feel like doing so!
Now tell me, what is your favourite method for making bound buttonholes?