How to Make a Hidden Button Placket
A hidden button placket can be used on a variety of garments. It may be placed anywhere on a garment's front, including off-center. Featured in "Fastenings Go Undercover", Threads #168, Susan Khalje shows how to create a perfectly hidden button placket in this tutorial. Don't miss other helpful techniques like this by ordering a subscription of Threads magazine. Print subscriptions come with FREE access to our tablet editions.
The example shown is a button-front shirt pattern with 5⁄8-inch-wide seam allowances. Choose buttons that are smooth and flat so they fasten easily and remain undetectable under the extension.
1. Create a new right front pattern. Tape tissue paper to the pattern front, extending about 6 inches past the pattern's front edge. Trace the center-front line. Measure 5⁄8-inch to the left of center front and draw a vertical topstitching line. Measure 5⁄8-inch to the right of center front and draw a vertical foldline. Then draw three additional foldlines 1-1⁄2 inches to the right of the first, spaced 1-1⁄2 inches apart. Draw a cutting line 5⁄8-inch to the right of the last foldline. Number the foldlines 1 through 4, working toward center front. True the pattern's edges on the tissue. Mark the buttonhole placement 7⁄8-inch to the right of foldline 3.