Banksia Sewalong: How to make a faux placket

Sometimes, you just don’t care about conquering a technique, but you still want the look of the final design detail. There’s nothing wrong with that – happens to me all the time too :)

So today i’m going to show you how to make a faux placket for your Banksia topΒ – all the cute with a fraction of the work.

Let’s go!

First things first. To make things easier i’ve left the collar off for this – and i’ll show you how to add it for the faux placket. So we’ll start with the top looking like this. For this one i just staystitched the neckline – but if you still want the placket guidelines, then you could baste that like last week.

Next up, only cut one placket piece, and attach lightweight interfacing to it.

Fold the placket in half and pin. Sew along one short edge and the long edge, 5/8″ from the raw edge.

Trim and notch the corners, and turn the placket the right way round. Then press to get those edges crisp.

Now pin your placket in the centre front of the top and topstitch around the edges. Make sure that the edge of the placket with the raw edge is butted up to and inline with the raw edge of the neckline. Then finish with a little box and cross at the bottom if you feel inclined.

Collar time! Pin your collar to the neckline and sew 5/8″ from the raw edge. Make sure the edge of the collar is butted up to the edge of the placket.

Trim the seam allowance back to 1/4″. As per usual i like to use pinking shears for this.

We’re going to use bias tape as facing again. Iron out one edge, and then pin that edge around the neckline with right sides facing. I like to fold up the starting edge, so that we have a clean edge when we’re finished. Sew 1/4″ around. Now turn the top to the inside, and fold the bias tape towards the inside so that it encloses the raw edges and lies flat on the inside of the neckline. Iron, and sew around the edge to secure it. Make sure you don’t sew the collar at this point! I find it helps to flip the collar up to keep it out the way.

Turn the top the right way round, and press the collar. Now sew some buttons to your faux placket!

We’re done!

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  1. says

    Loving your instructions!They are so clear!I was wondering for the version without the placket should I just ignore all the steps involving the placket and sew the top or is there something more I have to do?

  2. Kathy Bell says

    I am enjoying this pattern, I love the faux placket it will be perfect for showcasing some larger buttons. Thanks for doing this.

    • MegMeg says

      Thanks Kathy! I’m a huge fan of big buttons too – and its definitely an easier way to use them in this top :)


  3. says

    Cute! This looks just as nice too! I agree with Kathy, doing it this way would be awesome for using some fun larger decorative buttons. :-)