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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sort Of Tutorial

Ok...so this is gonna be a "sort of" tutorial for putting in a placket.  Way back- a coupla months ago-  when my life was consumed with making THREE Easter outfits (four if you count mine) I had two dresses that called for plackets.  I had put in a placket before on A's Easter dress 2011 but my memory was a little fuzzy about how to make one (aside from the fact that I recalled it being scary and difficult) so I did what I usually do when I don't feel like thinking and figuring out...I Googled... "How to make a placket".  I didn't really find a whole lot out there. I mean, there were some lovely directions on this, but nothing with actual step by step photos. So I gathered up some scrap fabric and reached back into my 2010 Easter dress memory file and (sigh) used up some of my brain cells to figure out this placket thing.  

Can you imagine my surprise when I discovered that putting in a placket was (GASP) easy!!  It was then that I decided I would post a "sort of" tutorial with step by step photos for making a placket...Unfortunately my computer decided that it didn't want me adding pictures or anything else that would take away from it's already limited memory.  So I had to wait...which brings me to my "sort of" placket tutorial.

Step one
Find the center of the skirt back.  Measure the size placket you will be making (mine is 3 inches) and draw a line (using a fabric marker).  Ignore the stitching on the side...I had already done that before I thought about taking pictures :)

Measure 1/4 " on each side of your mark.  Stitch at an angle (V) from the top of the skirt to the bottom of your marker line, pivot and stitch one stitch across, pivot and stitch to the top of the skirt at an angle (you should end up 1/4" from your mark on the opposite side).

Cut along the mark line (NOT on your stitch lines!)

Open your skirt piece up where you cut.  I cut 3" so I now have a total of 6" open. 

Cut a piece of fabric (facing strip) 1 and a half inches wide by the total placket length when it is opened.  Since I made my placket 3" it is 6" when opened. (ie: If your placket is 5" then your facing strip would be 1 & 1/2" x 10").

Pin facing strip to the skirt, right sides together. If you look closely at the pictures you will notice that the edges line up on each end but in the middle (where it V's) the facing strip is slightly showing. 

Stitch just to the outside of the previous stitching.

This is what it will look like when you open it. 

Fold the facing strip over and press.  Then turn 1/4' along the raw edge and press.

Fold facing strip to the wrong side of the skirt just covering the stitching line.  Pin in place.

Stitch right along the facing piece. I use a "stitch in the ditch" foot (Bernina foot 10) but you can use a regular foot and it works fine.

Fold placket to wrong side and press in place.  Stitch 1/4" from top edge just a couple of stitches (don't forget to backstitch) and then diagonally across bottom of facing (where it V's)

That's it!! You have made a beautiful placket.  It was super easy and your dress has a much more finished look.  Remember, if you still aren't exactly sure if you are doing it right you can always use scrap fabric to "practice" on first.

Happy Sewing!!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this very clear tutorial. You have given me courage to try my first placket!