I love having a skirt placket in my little one’s dresses. They make getting the garments on and off super easy which makes this moms life easier. Anything that makes the day go a little better when you have kids is a win in my book. Don’t you think? A lot of the BSD patterns include this very simple placket in our tutorials. One of my favorite things about it is it is hidden. It also is sewn in super quick! Another win! Here’s how to do it.
Sewing DIY: The Continuous Bound Skirt Placket
You will need for this tutorial:
- Skirt placket pattern piece OR an 8″ x 1.5″ cut piece of fabric (cut on the bias)
- Back skirt piece
Be sure and cut your placket piece on the bias! You will need the fabric to be a little bit more flexible to get it to lay nice and flat.
Press the skirt placket piece wrong side together 1/4″ (0.5 cm) on one of the long sides. This is how it will look like after pressing.
Fold your back skirt in half RST. Mark a line at the fold of the skirt down 4″ (10cm) from the top of the skirt. Cut to make the opening for the placket. This is how it should look like.
Now open the cut you just made into a wide “V”. This is how it should look like.
Installing the Skirt Placket
With the wrong side of the skirt and the right side of the placket together, align the unflolded raw edges of the placket with the open slit on the top of the skirt and pin and sew. When you sew, start with a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance and gradually taper the allowance when you get close to the centre of the placket to a needle width seam allowance. Then, as you sew back up to the opposite top edge the skirt, widen the seam allowance back to 3/8″ (1 cm) again.
Now we will fold the placket around the raw edges to the right side of the fabric.
Make sure there is no puckers at the bottom of the placket, edge stitch 1/8″ (0.3 cm) away from the folded edge. Press. Beautiful right!
With the back skirt folded RST, we will sew the bottom of the placket at an angle to complete the placket tutorial. Sew at an angle will help your placket lay flat when folded in half! Just perfect!
You are almost there! Place your back skirt right side up. Fold the right side of the placket behind the skirt, press and baste it in place.
The placket should be hidden when closed and no longer visible from the right side. Isn’t this beautiful!
Take a minute to admire your Skirt placket!
Now what you should end up with is a beautiful placket (without puckers!). This placket can sometimes take a little practice to perfect, but I promise you, you can do them in your sleep after you have done them once or twice. Now you add a placket to any dress that doesn’t already have one!