Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket
Sometimes in sewing, like in everything else, we need permission to bend the rules. (To be truthful, I've always thought that sewing was a creative endeavor and that it's a make-it-up-as-you-go-along activity – as long as it works and it looks good.) This little trick is one of those rule-bending techniques. Why put in an open placket and cuff when a pleat and a button will do? Best of all, you don't have to do a major pattern alteration or take anything apart. And with this faux placket all you need to do is unbutton to go back to the original shape of the sleeve.
To Shape a Sleeve:
1. Make a vertical fold somewhere on the front of the sleeve (about 1/3 of the way from the underarm seam is a good place to start). Pin the fold in place and lap toward the outside or back of the sleeve to form a pleat. Do this while you're wearing the garment to find the exact spot. Pin mark the point where you've placed the fold. Make sure both sleeves are folded in exactly the same place.
|Start with a straight, even sleeve.|
|Fold, pin, and mark the button placement while you're wearing the garment.|
2. Edgestitch along the fold from the hemline up about 3 – 4 inches so your placket doesn't look like an afterthought.
|Edgestitch along the fold.|