How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns
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Sewing a Standard Button Placket // Kalle Sewalong

Today is the first day we actually start sewing our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdresses! This sewalong is skipping the cutting stage since I don’t really have anything new to say about that process. I will mention that someone noticed we accidentally included notches on the center front of the bodice for the popover placket – please note when you’re cutting that piece on the fold to not cut those notches, or else you’ll be cutting straight down the middle of your shirt. We are going to issue an errata and will include a note in all outgoing paper patterns.

Okay, Placket Week commences! Kalle includes three placket options for your pleasure. The standard placket is the one you’re probably used to seeing, and it’s the one we’ll be focusing on today. It’s the easiest to assemble and gives shirts that classic “shirty” look.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

To start with, prepare your front shirt pieces. The right shirt front (as you are wearing it) needs to be trimmed to accommodate the placket we will sew on in a later step. The left shirt front (as you are wearing it) will be folded under several times along the center front to create a stable base to attach your buttons. Please note that the right and left sides are reversed for a men’s shirt, although honestly, I think gendered shirt plackets are silly and you shouldn’t worry about it if you get it mixed up. It will button up one way or another.

Time to stabilize the left button placket. Cut a 1″ wide piece of interfacing as long as your shirt front, and apply it in between the first set of notches on the left shirt front, on the wrong side of the fabric.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

You also need to cut a piece of interfacing half as wide as the button placket and apply it to one side (the side that will be facing outwards). Once interfaced, fold the button placket in half along the notches on either end, wrong sides together.

Once done, the three pattern pieces we are sewing today should look like the following when the wrong side of the fabric is facing up (Top: Left shirt front with interfaced center front edge, Middle: Half interfaced placket and Bottom: Right shirt front, trimmed along indicated line):

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

To start sewing, place the button placket along the front seam of the right shirt, right sides together. The interfaced portion should be touching the shirt front.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

Sew the placket to the shirt along the entire length.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

Fold the placket over and press along the seam line, pressing the seam allowance towards the placket (as seen on wrong side of fabric below):

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

And on the right side of the fabric:

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

I realized we forgot to show this on the green sample so here’s what it should look like at this stage on another sample:

Fold the placket along this creased edge. Press the raw side of the placket under 5/8″, ensuring that when it lays flat it is even with the stitch line attaching placket to shirt.

If your seams are thick, grade them now, ensuring the seam touching the outside of the placket is left longest. This ensures you don’t have a big thick seam allowance showing on the right side, but rather a gradual “stepping down” of seam that will be invisible from the right side.

Pin the placket into place.

From the right side, topstitch the placket down 1/8″ away from the seam line. Ensure you are catching the folded seam of the placket on the other side with your stitching (you can use an edge stitch foot here for more even results). Topstitch the other side of the placket at the same 1/8″ distance.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

When the right side is finished, it should look like this:

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

The placket will look nearly identical on either side.

To finish the left shirt front, fold the center front in along the first set of notches, wrong sides together. Press.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

Repeat again, folding along the second set of notches and press. Pin folded placket in place with pins along the length.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

To finish, stitch the folded edge down 1/8″ away from the seam line.

How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

It will look like on either side when finished:

Here is what both shirt fronts should look like. The side that is topstitched twice will lay on top of the side that is only stitched once. If you’d like to add a contrasting fabric to the underside of the placket, you should trim both shirt fronts and sew a placket to each side.  The contrasting fabric would be on the bottom placket.  How to sew a standard button placket // Kalle Shirtdress Sewalong // Closet Case Patterns

And that’s it! Back later this week with directions on sewing a hidden placket.

 


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  • CatherineDupre

    Haha I totally did not do this right when I made mine. I’ll be referring to this when I make my next one!

  • Rena

    I think you have the right and left shirt fronts mixed up in the picture with both shirt fronts and the interfaced placket. The right shirt front is the one you trimmed down, isn’t it?

    • Yes, you’re right Rena! I just fixed that bit.

  • Quick question: When it says “Right shirt front, trimmed along indicated line”, is the indicated line the dotted line on the pattern piece?

  • Jessamy B

    This right/left shirt front stuff was the only mistake I made on my Kalle! I totally switched them around, but you are right, gendered button plackets, who cares??

    • I have messed this up sooo many times 9especially on fabric where it’s hard to tell right side from wrong side)

  • Its really very thorough. Thanks for sharing this. I am new to sewing and this comprehensive article is just going to help me. I am going to try this in my vacations.