Placket openings need careful sewing for success, but greatly increase the quality look of your garment.
This post is referred to in several of my recommendations :
Faced slash-slit opening (Sewingplums)
Sleeve opening plackets :
Continuous band sleeve placket – The secret of success lies in the initial stay-stitching (as well as working slowly and carefully). Don’t sew a sharp-bottomed Vee : sew and Y-cut a blunt bottomed Vee – see my tutorial on sewing a faced slit opening.
‘Tower / steeple / castle / house’ sleeve placket :
2 main methods, using 1 or 2 fabric pieces.
– 1 fabric piece :
shirt placket pdf from Lynn Cook of Australian Stitches.
Photo tutorial from Cutting Line Designs (scroll down for Part 1).
– 2 fabric pieces :
sleeve placket tutorial from shirtmaker Pam Erny.
Neck opening half-plackets :
Polo / hidden placket – added fabric strip behind main fabric. Sewn the same way as the continuous band sleeve placket.
Henley / tab placket – added fabric strip is visible.
Often sewn the same way as a tower/steeple shirt sleeve placket. So several methods. Here’s a Professor Pincushion video.
If the bottom of the placket tab is inside the garment, that does need a different technique, see half way through photo tutorial from kbenco.
Hmm – some people name henley and polo the other way round. . . such as : Ralph Lauren Polo’s have placket with a visibly separate strip. So learn both techniques and don’t worry about the name !
Exposed zipper half placket – Many exposed zipper neck openings are in a seam.
If you want one ending in the middle of the fabric, make it like half of an exposed zipper pocket, see post on zippers.
Good techniques to add to your skills. Like zippers, well-made plackets make clothes look more ‘professional’.
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