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Banksia Sewalong: staystitching & placket preparation for Version 2 & 3

Basting and Placket Prep on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

This part might sound a bit boring – but it’s necessary, I promise.

Both Version 2 and Version 3 include the placket, and the whole key to a good placket is preparing properly, and taking it slowly and calmly. We’re also going to chat a bit about staystitching the neckline of the Banksia.

Ready set sew!

Basting and Placket Prep on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I’ve noticed some people have had issues with their collars and necklines not matching up. I believe this is an issue caused by the neckline stretching out in the process of putting the top together. Because of this, i think it might be helpful if you have a loose fabric to staystitch around the neckline before you go to far in the project.

Basically stay stitching is just sewing around the edge (1/4″ from the edge) in order to stabilize the fabric.

 

The next bit of prep is basting for the placket.

It helps a lot to follow the basting guide shown on the pattern – and i’m going to share a really easy way to do it.

 

Basting and Placket Prep on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

First, place a piece of tissue paper on top of the front pattern piece and trace the placket basting stitch guide.

 

Basting and Placket Prep on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now fold the tissue paper along the center front line, and cut on the outer line. When you unfold it, ou will have the perfect mirror image, and the perfect placket guide.

 

Basting and Placket Prep on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Pin your tissue paper guide to the top, aligning the top of the guide with the neckline edge, and the center front line with the center from of the blouse.  Don’t underestimate the importance of a ruler. I always measure on each side, at various points all the way up the placket, just to make sure it’s all inline.

 

Basting and Placket Prep on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Head over to your sewing machine, and sew directly around the guide, through the tissue paper. Don’t worry too much if you sew over the paper, you can easily tear it away.

And now you have perfect placket basting!

 

Basting and Placket Prep on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

We’ll be doing the collar next, and placket options after that. I’ll be sharing a faux placket too for those who are really feeling too scared to try the placket, but still want the look of it. So i you think you’re probably going to go for the faux placket, or even leave the placket off – you can leave the placket basting step off your to do list!

XOXO

 

About Author

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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Ruth
Ruth
9 years ago

Hi,

I thought this was known as ‘staystitching’? Thanks for the sewalong, it’s very helpful!

Ruth

Meg
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Meg(@meg)
9 years ago
Reply to  Ruth

Hi Ruth!! You’re absolutely right, it is! I was just trying to find an easier way to describe it, as i’ve noticed a lot of new sewers get confused by that term. But i can see i’ve actually made things worse by making those who know what staystitching is confused :) I think i better amend to avoid more confusion!
XOXO

Ruth
Ruth
9 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Hi,

Wow, that’s great customer service! Thanks! Now I know the method by both terms. You’re very helpful, thank you.

Ruth

Sann
9 years ago

Great tip on stay stitching and the placket basting, I had issue with the placket and the collar did appear to stretch without the stay stitch.

Meg
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Meg(@meg)
9 years ago
Reply to  Sann

HI Sann! I’m glad to hear that helps – so sorry you had issues before! I hope the staystitching will help everything fit together a bit more easily next time :) xoxo

Liz S
9 years ago

loving all your instructions…I better start mine soon!

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Meg(@meg)
9 years ago
Reply to  Liz S

Thanks Liz! So glad you’re enjoying the instructions! I hope it helps when you start yours! hugs xoxo

angela
9 years ago

The instructions are fabulous. Thank you so much. It is great to have helpful instructions like this to take you through the process.

Guess I better get started today so I can keep up.

Meg
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Meg(@meg)
9 years ago
Reply to  angela

Angela i’m so glad you’re finding the tutorials helpul!! Don’t worry about when you start :) we’ve still got a few weeks, and the posts will stay up forever (and ever hehehe). Can’t wait to see what you make!

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[…] Now we pin the collar to the top. The important thing here is to make sure the edge of the collar butts right up to the intersection of the placket basting stitches and the neckline staystitching. […]

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[…] The most important thing about plackets is going slowly and preparing. If you haven’t done your basting yet – you here’s the post from last week. […]

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[…] 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. […]

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[…] The most important thing about plackets is going slowly and preparing. If you haven’t done your basting yet – you here’s the post from last week. […]