How to sew a continous placket method on a garment | Classic Children’s Clothing

How to sew a continous placket method on a garment | Classic Children’s Clothing

Hey everyone, so you’re working on a pattern
and you get suck on the placket? These can be a little daunting at first, but here is
how I construct a continuous placket. And this works the same for a solid piece of fabric
or two joined with a French seam – I’ll show examples of both.
So I use a 2 inch wide strip of fabric cut on the straight or cross grain (doesn’t
really matter, just not the bias) and I generally take a piece way longer than I need. That’s
just one less thing to think about and this is easy to get from your scraps generally.
I sew with the placket strip on the bottom and the garment on top – right sides together.
As I sew along this seam, I angle my garment off a little bit. This allows you to sew the
bottom area without getting a wad of fabric bunched up into this seam. You know what I’m
talking about – after all, that’s really why you’re watching this video lol.
You can lift your pressure foot and adjust the fabric as needed. It may look like you’re
going to get some ripples in there, but more often than not, you’ll be just fine. I’m
pleasantly surprised by how many plackets look like they’re going to be a hot mess,
but I just keep sewing and they turn out fine. And then you’ll angle your garment back
to meet the placket strip again. So the process is the same if you’ve joined
two pieces of fabric together as I’m showing here – I’ve got two pieces of fabric joined
with a French seam. I put the seam to one side (doesn’t matter which), and keep sewing,
adjusting the fabric as needed. I do like to backstitch at the bottom. I’m not sure
this is necessary, but it seems like a good thing to do since the bottom of plackets can
get pulled on and I wouldn’t want the added back seam to ruin the structure integrity.
It’s a good habit to check the bottom section just to make sure there aren’t any bits
of fabric caught by mistake. Then I cut the bottom area just up to the
stitches – obviously, you don’t want to cut through these stitches. This slit releases
the tension in that bottom section. Then I clean up the seam by making the raw
edges even and about ½” wide. After giving both sides a good ironing, then I cut the
strip so it’s somewhat parallel to the seam. I also trim the strip down to about an inch
and a half or so. Next I fold the strip over once and iron that
in place and then I fold the strip again so the folded edge is just touching those stitches.
I like to hand stitch this folded edge in place using those stitches.
Finally, I fold the whole placket in half and iron the bottom section. Then I take that
to my machine so I can put a handful of stitches at the bottom of the placket at a bit of an
angle. The exact angle doesn’t really matter, but having something there helps keep the
placket nice and tidy. So if your garment is for a girl, then the
right side will fold under and go on top of the left. Meanwhile if your garment is for
a boy, then the left side will fold under and go on top of the right.
Then you just need to hand sew the placket edges in place and you’re good to go. If
you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best
to answer them. As always, I appreciate y’all for watching and I hope to catch you next

27 Replies to “How to sew a continous placket method on a garment | Classic Children’s Clothing”

  1. Excellent tutorial. You are a gem! Off topic-Have you made the Children's Corner Charlotte pattern? I'd be interested to see your take on the construction as well as any ideas for variation.

  2. I love your videos! Quick question about your scissors: what is that gold – colored disk for? It reminds me of a gun sight, lol. And I notice an engraved message. If it's private, I won't pry. You just don't see that every day. Thanks for doing such a great job helping to revive pleating and smocking.

  3. As I am struggling with how to fold and sew the back placket section of a dress skirt and yoke do you think I can trim them down and use your seemingly easier methods. I am not very experiences with garment sewing but trying to make a christening gown for a grandson. Thank you so much for any assistance.

  4. Quick question: Would you happen to remember what type of fabric this little dress is made from? I hope the cabins are moving along for y'all!

  5. Sarah, you saved my day and my project! My first grandbaby's dress for Easter Sunday. Thank you for your calm, reassuring and competent way about you.

  6. While informative, your videos are a bit rushed and sometimes it's difficult to see exactly what you are doing in some of them. It requires at lot of pausing and back tracking. And the ads that precede the videos have no way of turning them off and going straight to your video. Maybe this can be improved upon in future videos

  7. Thank you for this video! It's still not clear to me how this works if you have a center back french seam. Do you just sew the french seam up to the point where you want your placket to begin, then just kind of tweak any extra fabric at the bottom of the placket? It seems like you have some extra fabric to deal with on a french seam compared to just slashing a continuous back piece of fabric.

  8. It looks simple enough but have a hot mess here! Third time trying here I have a hard time knowing how far to sew down it seems to the base of the placket. As I angle down should it be about 1/8 “ to point angle then pivot? Not sure if that markets sense but I seem to get a bubble! Sheesh!

  9. Thank you so much for explaining this. I have been sewing over 50 years and never did one of these. I was totally baffled until I watched your video. Bless you .

  10. really fortunate to find you Sarah…Love your videos and techniques …you really make things so easy and simple…thank you..with love

  11. Sarah, can you please tell If smocking can be done without smocking machine perfectly …just had a view of your smocking there a way to do it …

  12. Could you post a video showing more close up details of sewing placket when the back is joined by a french seam? Having trouble getting the back seam to match up with the placket seam. Thanks!

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