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How to Make a Precision Placket

A well-proportioned pattern and fusible web tape yield a crisp, precise sleeve placket for any button-front shirt. Pattern: Vogue 8747, view D. Fabric: Swiss cotton shirting.
Add this placket at tunic hem vents or pant and capri leg vents, as shown with Simplicity Threads 1919, view D, in cotton twill. Adjust the placket length from the bottom edge to fit the hem vent.
A well-proportioned pattern and fusible web tape yield a crisp, precise sleeve placket for any button-front shirt. Pattern: Vogue 8747, view D. Fabric: Swiss cotton shirting.

A well-proportioned pattern and fusible web tape yield a crisp, precise sleeve placket for any button-front shirt. Pattern: Vogue 8747, view D. Fabric: Swiss cotton shirting.

Photo: Jack Deutsch

4. Cut a strip of 1⁄4-inch-wide lightweight fusible web tape, such as Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for both placket edges. Finger-press the strips, paper side up, to the right side of both column outer edges. On the tall column, the fusible strip should stop 11⁄4 inches from the top edge. Press with an iron to fuse the web tape to the placket. 


5. Remove the fusible web tape's paper from the inner column's edge. Fold the edge along line 1 to the placket's wrong side. Next, fold along line 2 and bring line 1's folded edge to meet stitching line 3, enclosing the seam allowance within the column. Finger-press, then fuse with an iron. 


6. Topstitch along the inner column's outer edge from the cuff end to 1⁄4 inch below the top. Pivot, and stitch across the column to just past the vent. This encloses the clipped inner triangle and helps the placket lie flat. 


7. Flip the tall column right side down over the inner column. Remove the fusible web tape's paper from the column edge. Then, fold along line 6 to turn the edge to the placket's wrong side. 

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Comments (17)

charbroiled charbroiled writes: This works very well with crisp/firm fabrics. I had a little trouble working it on a brushed cotton though - too soft I suppose.
Also - I discovered that when converting a continuous lap opening to this placket opening it increased the sleeve seam length by about 1 1/2 inches. It no longer fit the cuff seam.
Adding/increasing the pleats looked bad, so I gathered the excess to make the seamlines match.
Redrafted the sleeve to remove the excess for the next time.
Posted: 3:09 pm on April 20th

AltheaDi AltheaDi writes: This and all of your how to are so helpful. Thank you.

Posted: 9:10 am on October 17th

scrubble4 scrubble4 writes: I like the PDF downloads. A great way to tangibly increase my resources. Thanks
Posted: 7:55 pm on July 2nd

sailcocktail sailcocktail writes: Wow, so very clear! I nearly tore my hair out over the placket the first time I made a man's dress shirt. This will become a staple technique for me, I am sure.

Posted: 7:22 pm on June 26th

CarolW CarolW writes: I've been trying to adapt a placket pattern on my own with varying success. This looks like just what I need. Thank you!
Posted: 11:08 am on April 29th

teariana teariana writes: I was wondering about different ways I might use this when I first opened it and then while copying I saw the capris. Great idea.
Posted: 5:45 pm on April 28th

whoneedlesthis whoneedlesthis writes: I used to make my shirt sleeve plackets in two separate pieces, until I was altering sleeves on an expensive RTW shirt and first saw this one!
Once I changed to a one-piece placket, it looked so much more neat and professional.
Thankyou for including a printable pattern piece for us, now all my shirts and blouses will look fabulous!!
Posted: 3:36 pm on April 28th

LeahBoyan LeahBoyan writes: I've used the placket pattern from David Page Coffin's book and love it! It is flawless. I have altered the pattern slightly to increase the seam allowance. This helps me in two ways: 1) it's easier to turn under 1.25 inches rather than 1/4 inch, and 2) the seam allowance acts as an interfacing to give the placket more body. I alter the seam allowance on the 'right hand' side (the one with the #6 fold to 1.25. The 'left hand side' I increase the seam allowance to .5.
Posted: 11:36 am on April 26th

Nerdychick2001 Nerdychick2001 writes: thanks for the clear explanations and great photos to help me visualize this.
Posted: 7:20 pm on April 25th

user-1118050 user-1118050 writes: Thank you for another great sewing idea. You always make it so easy.
Posted: 6:35 pm on April 25th

fotofashion fotofashion writes: One thing I always do where clipping a corner is concerned is to shorten the stitch length about 1/2" before the corner and continue the short stitch length until the entire corner is sewn.
Beverly A.
Posted: 5:56 pm on April 25th

bbenson833 bbenson833 writes: Marguerite is amazing....thanks for sharing this pattern!
Posted: 5:38 am on April 24th

Princessaimee Princessaimee writes: What an amazing article! A beautiful technique. I will bookmark this for future reference. Thank you Marguerite and Threads!
Posted: 9:11 pm on April 23rd

Elaray Elaray writes: I recently made a dress with a front placket and I wasn't 100% thrilled with the outcome. I wish I had this information then! That's okay – I have it now.
Posted: 11:35 am on April 21st

bbieri bbieri writes: I have used this placket pattern and it is great. It is the same as in David Coffin's book. However, I did not think about using the steam-a-seam. Great idea.
Posted: 8:50 pm on April 20th

Scheri Scheri writes: Great idea adding placket to bottom of capris
Posted: 12:57 am on April 20th

karoljean karoljean writes: Great article. I can't wait to try this.
Posted: 9:30 am on April 19th

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