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