November 18, 2022 1 Comment on How to: Sew Sleeve Plackets
by Molly Hamilton
Our 212 Five Frontier Shirts pattern has so many amazing details on these five shirts, especially on the cuffs, and especially for Views D and E. These two shirts are a bit of a modern take on Western shirts - and very classic at the same time. This shirt is actually my go-to button-down (or snap-down as the pattern suggests). The drafting and fit are great and the details are really nice. You can make this shirt as Western as you want with the rounded yokes and piping and "smile" pockets. But you can also make this a very classic shirt by just leaving out those details. However, you will be adding a placket to the sleeve. Here, I am going to show you how to sew the placket so this step will be less intimidating, especially if you've never done one before. This is a typical two-piece sleeve placket design (sleeve + placket piece).
First, make sure you transfer all pattern markings to the fabric pieces. Here I forgot to transfer the fold line on the longer side of the placket piece, but I do have the dots and you'll see where the fold goes pretty easily. I like to use ultra-washable markers to transfer on linens or cottons. And this brings me to another cautionary note for my tutorials: sometimes do as I say, not as a do. But also, be flexible and do what makes the most sense to you - or what YOU want to do!
For the 212 Five Frontier Shirts, the sleeve is cut on the fold, but the markings for the placket opening is only placed on back side of the sleeve. Make sure you have mirror images with the two sleeves (you don't want one placket on the front of the sleeve and one on the back).
Press under side seam allowances of Placket piece. Baste near the fold and trim the seam down to about 1/4" (6mm). Then press under the seam allowances of the pointed end of the placket. Try to keep a nice even point at the top, so adjust the fabric as necessary. Baste the point and trim the fabric.
Then place the right side of the Placket to the wrong side of the Sleeve, matching slash lines and stitching lines. Pin in place and stitch on the stitching lines (they are 1/4" (6mm) from the slash line). Pivot at the dots. I use a slightly smaller stitch length for this step to provide some more stability.
Now carefully cut along the slash line to the bottom of the V, and then carefully cut to the dots at the corners, making sure not to cut into the stitching.
Now, pull the Placket to the right side of the sleeve. Press the slashed edges toward the Placket. Note that now the Placket sides are on the opposite side as when they were on the wrong side of the sleeve.
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