Here is another cheater’s method of getting a placket in a blouse. All the better that you can sometimes find it on ready-to-wear. This method gives a cuff opening that looks very like a standard placket. I didn’t know this method had a name until I perused Claire Schaeffer’s book “Sewing Shortcuts”. http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Sewing-Shortcuts/dp/0806975644/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267634385&sr=8-1
She has an overview of placket techniques much more extensive than I am giving here and I encourage you to take a look at the book. What I am giving here is my way of doing this placket, not hers. For a more canonical version refer to Schaeffer pages 167-168 in my edition @1981 Sterling Publishing Co.
This is my preferred placket if I think I might mess up a real one!
Here is an overview of what I do.
1) I take a ruler and just guestimate how long I want my vent, usually 3-4 inches.
3) Topstitch the serged edges making your placket.
Topstitch in as understated a manner as possible the open seam edge down. The serged side is somewhat apparent from the outside so I usually don’t want to highlight this particular vent with fancy or contrasting stitching. And I have always seen it as a kind of cheat. (But now that I know this technique has history, maybe I will get over my silly insecurities.)
4) Attach cuff.
5) Attach sleeve to body of blouse and then sew from underarm through side seams of blouse.
This is a great first placket for someone new to blouse-making which achieves the appropriate function without the hassle of a traditional placket.
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