#Dakotasewalong: How to sew vents aka plackets.

Hello sew along-ers,

I’m posting a bit later than usual and dividing today’s tutorials in two: plackets & joining dress.

As a reference, this is how the original pattern looks compared to the one we will be using(here)
 Let’s start:
The placket length on both sleeves needs to be adjusted to the new template. Using the original placement, position the new template on top, with waxing paper underneath and trace. 

Cut 2: 13 cm x 1 cm strip of interface. Interface the new placket line on both sleeves. That will help the stabilise the fabric. If you are afraid to loose your chalkline, you can always clip at the end of the sleeve.
Fold the fold line shown (line 6) and press in place. I like to secure it with either1⁄4-inch-wide fusible web tape or a baste with  fabric glue. Snip the fold line on the high column as shown, fold, press and baste.

To create the triangle on the high column (placket point) fold both marked lines, then press and baste in place.
With the sleeve ends towards you, on the wrong side facing up, place the placket with the right side facing the sleeve, and the markings facing yourself. Make sure your placket marking is underneath the markings for the placket. 

Sew both layers along stitching lines 3 and 4, pivoting (with your needle down, lift the foot and move the fabric) at the top corners.  Cut the middle line. (template line 3) Snips the Y being carefully to not cut the thread.
Turn the right side of the sleeves to face you than turn the placket to the right side of the sleeve. Press.
Fold the narrow part of the placket tucking the seam under. Press in place. Secure in place with fabric glue if you want before sewing it place as close to the edge as possible.

Fold the large edge of the placket over, covering both the placket slit and the narrow edge. Press it in place. Sew as close to the edge as possible (aka edgestitching) all around the tip. Besides following the triangle shape, sew a straight line across to secure the placket in place.  

Add a decorative topstitch if you wish.

Useful links:
How to apply fusible web tape 
Where to by fusible web tape
Plackets tutorial via Threads 

  • yikes! is there a possibility that you guys would show how to make vents just like the pattern? i’ve already cut the vent part of the sleeve and now im clueless how to sew them. 🙁

    • Hi, I’m so sorry but no. We have mention throughout the sew along that we would be using this technique as we know is well tested and works.

    • atiqah

      aww 🙁 that’s ok then. i’ll try to figure it out. wish me luck!

    • good luck darling xx

  • What a clean technique ! Thank you, I didn’t know this 🙂
    This step was another great moment of loneliness for me, and I ended by doing it “freestyle”. Honestly, it was hard for me to understand (and read…) all this text, I found it a bit obscure…
    As we go further, I begin to understand that all the difficulties I met during this sewing wasn’t because of the level, but because of the written instructions… I’m a non English speaker, and reading long sentences, with wordings I’m not used to is another obstacle for me. I think, it would be a great thing that designers add schemas, or drawings or whatever, for us from other countries, that tells so many more than words… And it’s so comforting !

    • Hi Sandra, Im glad you liked this tutorial. I completely understand what you mean as english isn’t my mother tongue either and i struggle with long instructions. Maybe thats why I find myself writing direct instructions.

#Dakotasewalong: How to sew vents aka plackets.

Hello sew along-ers,

I’m posting a bit later than usual and dividing today’s tutorials in two: plackets & joining dress.

As a reference, this is how the original pattern looks compared to the one we will be using(here)
 Let’s start:
The placket length on both sleeves needs to be adjusted to the new template. Using the original placement, position the new template on top, with waxing paper underneath and trace. 

Cut 2: 13 cm x 1 cm strip of interface. Interface the new placket line on both sleeves. That will help the stabilise the fabric. If you are afraid to loose your chalkline, you can always clip at the end of the sleeve.
Fold the fold line shown (line 6) and press in place. I like to secure it with either1⁄4-inch-wide fusible web tape or a baste with  fabric glue. Snip the fold line on the high column as shown, fold, press and baste.

To create the triangle on the high column (placket point) fold both marked lines, then press and baste in place.
With the sleeve ends towards you, on the wrong side facing up, place the placket with the right side facing the sleeve, and the markings facing yourself. Make sure your placket marking is underneath the markings for the placket. 

Sew both layers along stitching lines 3 and 4, pivoting (with your needle down, lift the foot and move the fabric) at the top corners.  Cut the middle line. (template line 3) Snips the Y being carefully to not cut the thread.
Turn the right side of the sleeves to face you than turn the placket to the right side of the sleeve. Press.
Fold the narrow part of the placket tucking the seam under. Press in place. Secure in place with fabric glue if you want before sewing it place as close to the edge as possible.

Fold the large edge of the placket over, covering both the placket slit and the narrow edge. Press it in place. Sew as close to the edge as possible (aka edgestitching) all around the tip. Besides following the triangle shape, sew a straight line across to secure the placket in place.  

Add a decorative topstitch if you wish.

Useful links:
How to apply fusible web tape 
Where to by fusible web tape
Plackets tutorial via Threads 

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