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Banksia Sewalong: How to sew a placket

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryOkay guys, deep breaths! We are doing the placket today (Version 2 – placket and no collar and Version 3 – placket and collar).  I know a couple of you have been feeling nervous – don’t be! It’ll be okay :)

Today we’ll be doing the more standard method, which is the method included in the Banksia instruction booklet. If you think this is possibly a bit too challenging, and you don’t care about exposed seams on the inside of your top etc, then you can try an easier method covered here. Andddd if you really really feel nervous, you can do a faux placket – which is just so ridiculously easy it makes me never want to sew a placket again hehehe.

Anyway, let’s begin with the standard method!!

 

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryThe 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.

Then cut down the center front , between the basting, stopping 1/2 up from the bottom horizontal basting line. then cut towards the corners of the basting. Don’t snip through the stitches!

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNext, we’ll iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric (in the picture, the left shows the interfacing ironed on the wrong side of one piece, and the right shows the right side of the second piece). I like to use very very lightweight fusible. I feel like interfacing is really important as it adds a lot of stability to the placket and the buttonholes.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow turn the top the wrong way round, and lay your placket pieces face down. The right side of the placket pieces will be facing the wrong side of the fabric. I know it feels wrong, but it’s not :) Make sure that the edges butt up to the centre cut edge of your placket. Make sure the placket extends 5/8″ above the finished edge of neckline (this is important!).

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiarySew along the basting stitches, and stop about 1 1/4″ (3.2cm) from the bottom edge, where the basting stitches go horizontal.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFold the edges 5/8″ inwards and iron. On the right placket only, fold up the bottom edge 1/4” and press.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow fold the placket in half with right sides together. The folded and ironed edge, should be inline with the sewn seam. Sew along the top of placket 5/8″ from the edge. Make sure you do not catch the top or the collar (if you’re doing version 3) in your stitches.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow trim the top edge, notch, and turn the right way round and press.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryPush the bottom edges as well as the triangle of seam allowance at the bottom of the placket opening through to the right side of the top.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryThe placket will now be enclosing the raw edges of the placket seam. Top stitch the placket closed on the sides, stopping at the horizontal basting.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diaryhow to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow pin the left placket to the horizontal basting, and sew along the basting line. Trim, and press down.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiarySince you turned up  the bottom edge of the right placket piece by 1/4” earlier, this is what it should look like now – enclosing the raw edges. But if your didn’t, do it now.

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryAlign the right placket over the left, and pin in place for stability. Now topstitch around the bottom edges of the placket creating a box, and sew a little cross if it takes your fancy :)

how to sew the placket on the Banksia Blouse // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFinish up by sewing buttonholes to the right placket, and buttons to the right.

Congrats! You sewed a totally rad placket!!

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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Juli
9 years ago

I’ve never actually sewn a placket before, so this is extremely helpful to see exactly how it’s done in the blouse pattern. All of the step by step photos are so great for reference and it looks like the end result is so fancy and professional. I just recently purchased some super soft denim blue chambray and I can’t wait to get started on my Banksia blouse! Bookmarking this post for reference too. :-)

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[…] a tad cumbersome, so i decided to come up with my own way. I think it’s a little easier than the standard version- and i still use it a lot, because i just like it :) I think you will too! (for reference this is […]

Jenny
Jenny
9 years ago

Awesome tutorial!! I got round to practicing the placket this weekend and got fantastic results first time, thanks to you!!

Meg
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Meg
9 years ago
Reply to  Jenny

Jenny i’m so happy to hear that!!! I bet your placket looks fantastic!! xoxo

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[…] Easy fix, I just folded the seam allowance in a little more to take up the difference! I used Method 2 from the instructions for the placket as I wanted that perfect clean look.  (this method […]

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[…] online resources for this one, and her posts on different techniques for making the button placket (here and here) are worth a read, whether you are making this pattern or not.  I *obviously* opted for a […]

Susan
Susan
3 years ago

Have you ever considered sewing your instructional pieces in a contrasting color? Myself, I’m visual impaired and I can see most things, but I can hardly see any of your sewing lines because your thread matches your fabric. Perfectly. So I can’t see what your talking about.