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How to sew a press button placket

October 24, 2019

Hello dear sewistas.
Today I will show you how to jazz up a simple round neckline with a pretty button placket.
The special thing about this button placket is that it is sewn very tidily on the inside,
and you can even work into an already completed shirt at a later time! I will now take my half-finished shirt: the
neckline here has already been sewn, just the sleeves and side seams are missing now.
On top of this, we need two rectangular fabric pieces, one for the right and one for the
left part of the placket. These can be cut from jersey, like I have done here, reinforced
with an iron-on interfacing. But you can just as easily cut them from a woven cotton fabric. Click the link below for my website pattydoo,
in which you will find the corresponding pattern and size specifications for the placket pieces.
Beyond this, we need two to three buttons. You can make it really easy for yourself here and simply use jersey button snaps, as well as a protractor, fabric chalk, and this particularly
useful double-sided tape. We will begin now and draw a couple of guiding
lines on the neckline of the front piece of our shirt, whereby the wrong fabric side lies
on top. To begin with, we draw a vertical line just below the neckline. To do so, you
can either measure out the center of the neckline, or you orientate yourself through this notch
here. Make sure that the line runs exactly vertical
and straight, and is not crooked. Now draw two more lines on the right and left respectively, with a distance of five milimeters or 1/4 of an inch to the first line. The distance between these two outer lines now measures a centimeter or 3/8 of an inch. Next we will mark the end of our button placket, which will
be 12 cm or 4 3/4 inches long in total. I will now measure this distance from the top edge here. Following this, we prepare the two pieces
for our button placket. These will initially be ironed down the middle, and then the edges will also be ironed over by one centimeter or 3/8 of an inch. Now we take one strip, fold this ironed edge
over and sew this little part up here with a seam allowance of 1cm or 3/8 of an inch. To do so, I will use a stitch with a length of 2,5. This is what this short little seam looks
like now. And then we repeat this step back-to-front on the other placket strip. On the prepared strips we can now diagonally cut off the seam allowance at the front here, and turn the strips right side out. After having prepared the strips for our button
placket like this, we can now sew them onto the shirt. To do so, I now position the first
strip like this, so that the previously sewn seam, this edge here, meets up with the upper
edge of the neckline. And this open side I here lay against the drawn on line. Now we sew the first placket strip on, with
a 1cm seam allowance, and begin exactly up here, at this point, and sew up to the lower
placket edge that we drew on before. Furthermore, I have placed a pin for myself here. Here too I will use a straight stitch with a length of 2,5. To make it easier for yourself, you could
also draw in the seam line on the placket piece with a pencil. And this is what our completely sewn on first
placket strip looks like now. Make sure that you seal the end of the seam, down here, with
two stitches forwards and backwards. And now we follow with the second placket piece. This
one we will lay with this fabric edge on to the right, outside line.
With a soft pencil I have now drawn in a seam line for myself here, with a distance of one centimeter or 3/8 of an inch to this edge. Now it is very important that this drawn in seam line runs exactly
three centimeters or 1 and 1/4 of an inch parallel to the first seam here. So I position the placket accordingly
and secure it with a few pins. Alternatively, you can also secure it with some double-sided
sewing tape! If you are using double-sided tape to secure
the placket, then make sure, that you are only placing it within the seam allowance,
in this one centimeter or 3/8 of an inch here. To mark the end of the placket piece I place
another pin here, and now I sew this seam exactly the way I did on the first placket
piece. Both button placket strips have now been sewn
on the left side. And before we continue, we are just going to have a look at the right
side, to make sure that both seams run parallel at a distance of three centimeters or 1 and 1/4 inches and that both are nicely sealed at the end, and also end at the same height! Once we checked this, we can now cut into
the front piece of our shirt between these two seams. We will cut precisely down the middle here, until about 1,5 centimeters or 5/8 of an inch before the two seams end. Then we continue doing so diagonally on each side, and then cut until two millimeters from the seam ends.
While doing so, make sure you don’t also cut the two placket pieces on the back side here. Now we can fold the placket pieces outwards and sew them on. In doing so, we begin with
the right side, with the so-called underlap, which will later be covered up by the so-called
overlap, which is the other placket piece. Before we fold over the placket piece here,
we can cut off a little of the seam allowance diagonally here, so this bit up here doesn’t
end up too thick. Then we can secure the placket’s edge with a few pins, and sew it on with an edgestitch. In doing so, we start off at this underlying seam end. So, this is what the completed underlap looks
like now, and we will now proceed in the same fashion with the overlap. So with the second
placket piece, we cut the seam allowance up here, then fold the placket outwards and secure it with an edgestitch. Here too I begin at the exactly the point
where the underlying seam ends. Both placket pieces are now sewn on. Next
we can sew the end of the placket. To do so, we lay the overlap over the underlap, so that
these two edges line up here, and so that also the upper ends here are lying at the
same height. If you want, you can place a few pins. Now you can fold the front piece upwards here,
and pull it out through this little opening at the placket ends, along with this little
triangle. And now everything is nicely aligned. These three pieces, so the two placket pieces
and this little triangle will now be sewn together here with a short seam. In doing
so, make sure that the placket ends are nice and straight. Furthermore, you should not
sew too much, because then you will end up with these little wrinkles at the placket’s
end. But also don’t make your seam too short, because other you will be left with little
holes here. So this seam requires a little bit of finesse. The finished placket end looks like this now.
On top of this we can next edgestitch the edge of the overlap and sew a decorative cross
in this lower area, which simultaneously prevents the ends from tearing here. To do so, I will make a little mark with a
distance of 2 cm from the placket’s end. As the first step, I stitch the edge of the
overlap, whereby the underlap is folded aside. As the second step, I lay the overlap exactly
on top of the underlap, and turn my piece around and now sew the little cross. This is what the completed placket looks like
now! If you want, you can shorten and tidy the ends on the inside. Last but not least,
you can now sew on the buttons, or you can use snap buttons like I will do, which are
secured with some pliers. But before we do this, I am going to mark the positions of
my buttons. First of all, I mark the place of the topmost button, which for me will be 1,5 centimeters or 5/8 of an inch from the upper edge. Accordingly, I will make
a little dot here at the center. Then I mark the position for the last snap, which will
also be 1,5 centimeters or 5/8 of an inch away from this other seam here. Finally, I place the middle button
by measuring the distance between these two, and here too make a little mark. With these markings I can now attach jersey
snaps with a pair of pliers. Whereby these parts will be attached to the overlap, and
their counterparts are attached to the underlap. The position of the counterparts on the underlap
I can only work out through laying the overlap exactly along this edge, and pressing down
a little, which leaves me with indents of the buttons, and I can use these to figure
out the right position for the other button half. And our button placket is done! Of course you can experiment with the length and width of the placket, and use it to decorate other shirts, for example also ones for women or children. More sewing tutorials and fantastic patterns
with step-by-step video instructions can be found at Pattydoo. I hope you have fun sewing this project, and until next time. Bye!


  • Reply Monica Wilson May 11, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I love hearing your voice, so maybe your next English video can have subtitles instead.  Great tutorial.

  • Reply fofe radhi May 11, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    thankyou for speaking in English. I understand every single thing in this tutorial. keep going 👍🏻

  • Reply Rizwana Rizwan June 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm


  • Reply vijay surya September 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I requested to u plz show me some easy sewing t-shirt method

  • Reply Mourad Souaihi November 23, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Good job thank you so match

  • Reply Hassan AB March 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

    thank you very very much

  • Reply Sweet beauty 07 October 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you. Especially for translating into English. Very well understood

  • Reply طبخة أسيا March 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    شكرا شكرا شكرا علي هدا الابداغ

  • Reply sweet mozlin March 15, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Am kindly requesting for the picture of that pressing button and its name.thanks

  • Reply Mohibjee123 Yaseen April 26, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    very nice

  • Reply Sahil Khan May 1, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Nice video

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