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!

## 11 Comments

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

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

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

Good job thank you so match

thank you very very much

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

شكرا شكرا شكرا علي هدا الابداغ

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

very nice

Nice video