> I don't have links to any pics. In period (mostly based on the Musuem of London books) they were done with barely any overlap. The buttonholes were done so they were at right angles to the edge and were very close to the edge, a quarter inch or less from the edge. The buttons on the other side were usually spherical or domed, frequently cloth buttons and usually had thread shanks. They were attached right at the edge so that when buttoned the two edges were flush or had maybe 1/8 inch (or not much more) overlap.
> The edges were frequently faced with narrow bands of silk twill that would have been much more tightly woven than the wool and provide support for the buttonholes.
Thank you! That's very helpful (and what I was hoping, since I didn't think to cut the sleeves with any extra for overlap :-) ).
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