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Today I am going to show you how to sew a front placket button closure.
This is a very easy and effective technique, which is widely used on various types of garments, such as polo shirts, clothes for children and sportswear. I used it in dress pattern #1306 and it created a beautiful and functional front closure and a focal point.
We start with preparing the plackets. If you are using patterned fabric, try cutting the placket in such a way that the design is centred.
Cut and interface the placket, then fold it right sides together and sew the short horizontal edges on one side (the top edge of the placket). Trim seam allowances to 0.6 cm (1/4”) and trim the corner. Turn the placket to the right side, press. Repeat for another placket, remembering that it is the mirror image of the first.
After this, finish the long edges of the placket together using overlocker or zigzag.
Sewing the closure
Place prepared plackets onto the bodice as shown. The long edges of the plackets should align with the vertical lines marked on the pattern, the top edges should be lining up with the finished edge of the neckline.
Sew the plackets on 0.6 cm (1/4”) away from the long finished edges, stopping at the notch at the bottom of the each placket (about 2 cm or 13/16″ away from the lower edge).
Cut the bodice between the plackets along centre front line, stopping 2 cm (13/16”) before the end of the previous seam. Cut into the corners, stopping very close to the stitching.
Trim the bodice’s seam allowances to make them shorter than placket’s seam allowances.
Fold the plackets in place, leaving the lower ends on the wrong side. Place right placket on top of the left one (reverse for menswear). From the wrong side, stitch triangles to both ends of the plackets.
Overlock the short edges together.
On the right side edgestitch the plackets, press. Work the buttonholes and sew on the buttons.
This tutorial will come in very handy while sewing this dress: