Banksia sewalong: leaving off the placket

October 11th, 2012

What if you decide you don’t want a placket?

That’s no problem! Just leave it off, and finish the raw edge of neckline with bias tape all the way round, as we did yesterday with the faux placket.

Of course, if you leave off the placket you will be left with a 1 1/4″ gap in the front of your top where the placket was. Here are your options:

  • Leave it as is! Maybe you don’t care about the gap, if it looks fine just leave it! I seriously doubt anyone will know there was supposed to be a placket there
  • If you would like the collar to now meet in the middle – you will need to alter the collar pattern to be 1 1/4″ larger to fit. It’s not hard, just slash the collar pattern and extend. Though where you extend it will be important. I think it’s tempting to add the extra pattern paper at the centre back, but i think that will distort the fall of the collar. Personally i would make the slash line closer to the front and then blend the collar lines.
  • Maybe you don’t want to go to the trouble of altering the collar pattern, but you’re still not 100% satisfied with a gap inbetween the collar. Why not sew an embelishment there? I love the idea of sewing fabric ties to the centre that could hang loose or be tied in a big bow. If you feel more subtle you could use a rope trim like the photo above. Or even sew a single decorative button in between.
Those are my ideas for leaving the placket off the Banksia top – do you have any you’d like to add?!

3 Responses

  1. Katie says:

    Here is my first muslin of the Banksia with pintucks instead of a placket. This was not my plan but I accidentally cut the front piece with an extra inch at the center fold so this was an attempt to remove that extra width. I really like it and I think will go ahead and incorporate this into my final version!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/curbsidebandit/8077659728/

  2. Sarah says:

    Great sew along Megan. You’re a great instructor. One idea for a placket-less Banksia could be to have a the collar asymmetric, off to one side.

  3. Burke says:

    I just bought this pattern along with the Kelly skirt and I have to say I am loving all the different options to customize and make different versions of this top. It truly is a brilliant pattern that I think will become a staple in my wardrobe. Thank you!

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