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Two Ways to Update a Shirt’s Front-Button Opening

Threads #189, Feb./March 2017

In this article from Threads #189 (February/March 2017), you’ll learn two ways to update a shirt’s front-button opening. With these adaptations, you can do even more with your tried-and-true shirt pattern.

The first variation adds a sewn-on placket that forms vertical slot buttonholes at center front, to feature unique or oversized buttons. The second version revamps a standard slashed neckline opening with a shaped facing that finishes the edge and provides an underlay. Both techniques require basic patternwork and precise sewing, and are easy enough for an advanced beginner to do. Once you understand the principles, these new opening details can be adapted for other garments.

VIDEO EXTRA: Create a Slashed Opening with an Underlay

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