Ever wondered how to make a hidden button placket? Today’s your lucky day!
This video tutorial will take your placket making skills to the next level.
Hi guys! I promised this video back when I posted this dress DIY and now I’m delivering! I’m so excited to show you this technique because it’s WAY easier than it looks and it’s super fun to make a placket that looks so professional. The bonus? It hides wonky buttonhole goofs! At least it hides mine…I kind of assume everyone’s buttonholes look better than mine – ha!
Read the following tips before trying this yourself and then watch the video below. And let me know how it works out for you or if you have any questions!
1. The video shows how to do this for a placket opening on a women’s garment. If making something for a man or boy, reverse the placket so that the top placket is on the wearer’s left side instead of right.
2. You can obviously make your placket any length you want (the video shows an opening of about 8.5″). Just be sure to cut your placket pieces about 1″ longer than the opening you cut in your garment.
3. In the video, I show how to cut into your garment and leave a 1/2″ gap, but I neglected to mention that you need to center this gap! For example, if you’re making a button opening in the neckline of a dress, mark the center of the neckline and cut down into the garment 1/4″ away from each side of that mark. I hope that makes sense! (I just used a scrap of fabric as my “garment” in the video)
4. While you can add your buttonholes anytime after making the placket, I’ve found that it’s easiest to do so before stitching both plackets together at the bottom. I made a note in the video (around 3:40) of where to install buttonholes.
5. In the video I install the smaller placket from the right side of the garment but it’s probably easier to do so from the wrong side (and topstitch on the right side), like I do the larger placket! I guess I just like doing things the hard way.
6. If making this in the neckline of a top or dress, the neckline will need to be finished off with a bias binding.
That’s it! I hope this tutorial is helpful…let me know in the comments what other sewing tutorials you’d love to see videos for! You can watch my other sewing videos here!