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Darling Ranges dress sewalong: placket & neckline

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryToday we are going to tackle the Darling Ranges dress neckline and placket. I know the placket may seem daunting – but I promise if you take it slowly and carefully it will all make sense and work out beautifully!

I love this method for creating the placket and neckline together, as I think it results in a really neat and fluid line of sewing.

Alrightly, lets get started!

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryStaystitch 1/4″ (0.6cm) along the edge of the neckline to prevent the neckline stretching during construction.

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFirst things first – turn your iron on and get a ruler out. Attach fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric on both plackets (Mine is a little short. Whoops!).

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryWith garment inside out (i.e. wrong side facing you) – fold the placket front inwards along the line indicated on the pattern (about ½” / 1.3cm) and press.

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Create your long bias strip by placing the three shorter strips together at right angles, right sides together. Sew diagonally, and trim.

Take your bias strip and fold it in half width ways, with wrong sides together. Press.

Alternately you may use store bought bias tape.

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow (and this may seem counter-intuitive, but trust me, just go with it) turn the dress the right way round (i.e. right side of fabric facing you) and fold the placket toward the right side along the line indicated. Pin along the neckline.

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryBegin pinning the bias tape to the neckline with the raw edges of the bias facing lining up with the raw edge of the neckline – do so all the way around the neckline.

Trim the additional bias facing, so that the facing is very slightly shorter than the neckline edge as shown above. Sew ¼” (0.6cm) from the raw edge, starting at the front of the neckline around the back to the front on the other side. Sew through all 3 layers of fabric. As always, make sure that you backstitch at the beginning and end of sewing.

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryClip the seam allowance along the back neckline.

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary Now fold the bias tape inside, towards the wrong side of the fabric encasing the raw edges, and pin all the way along the neckline. Fold the placket inwards along the line indicated on the pattern ( 1 ¼” / 3.2cm) and pin. Sew very close to the edge along the placket and neckline.

how to sew the placket on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryPress the neckline and placket. – Then take a deep breath, because now you’re done!

 

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Ines
10 years ago

good tips! i’ll come here for my next DIY clothe! thanks

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[…] idea for this is very similar to what we did with the placket last week. Start with your single fold bias tape, and iron one of the folds flat. After you’ve […]

Rebecca G
10 years ago

in a mad rush to catch up last night, I did up to this step in one big go! But I misread the directions and didn’t make a bias tape “sandwich” around the placket bits…so I couldn’t figure out how it would work.

Luckily I could tell something was off and tucked it aside for later, when I was a little more sharp. Now I see what went wrong…phew! Thanks for hosting, this is a double darling dress and fun pattern!

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[…] dias de quase tormenta sem perceber como iria finalizar as cavas. Pretendia usar esta técnica: https://blog.megannielsen.com/2012/04/darling-ranges-dress-sewalong-placket-neckline/ , mas o facto de não ter uma retrosaria por perto para comprar uma fita de viés trocou-me as […]

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Joabig
Joabig
1 year ago

Some questions from a beginner: how wide is the fusible interfacing strip? Will the bias tape be visible on the outside? If I use store bought bias tape that doesn’t quite match, will it be visible? Also when describing bias tape, is 1/2 inch bias tape the width when it is folded double or when flat?
Thank you

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[…] I was SO pleased with how this dress turned out! I hacked the neckline to add a placket by following this Melly Sews Youtube tutorial, but instead of using a facing finish I copied the construction from the Darling Ranges dress which you can see in a sewalong here. […]