OK, this is one of the more bizarre questions I've put out there: My lovely, fashion fabric-covered buttons arrived today from America (hallelujah!) and it does seem like they will fit the Tailored Suit buttonholes (that's its own vaguely interesting story, to follow).
Here's the thing. The shanks are also covered by fabric - not the fashion fabric, but another similarly coloured one. I have to assume this is the normal way of professionally-finished fabric buttons. I take it I'm to sew them on by stabbing at the fabric till I find the shank? At least that's what this wikipedia post would have me believe.
Is it me or does that seem unnecessarily complicated and likely to make things look messy? Can anyone corroborate if this works? I don't suppose one is meant to snip that button back fabric at the shank to make the shank easier to find?
As y'all know, I have a pathological fear of making anything with buttonholes (the machine ones more than the bound ones) so it's rare that I ever find myself in the position of sewing on a button. How's that for an embarrassing admission. (Please Note: I've got it all going on when it comes to snaps.)
Any feedback would be so welcome!