This tutorial will help you navigate through the plackets in my Regency Gown and Elegant Lady’s Closet patterns:

12 comments on “Video Tutorial: How to Set a Placket in a Slash”

  1. Awesome tutorial! I just gave it a try in my latest skirt project and it looks great. I’m definitely going to use this method a lot more in my sewing. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. This was really helpful, thank you. Now I’m trying to work out how to line this placket up with the back edges of my bodice, since the bodice has to overlap to button closed. Do I have to offset it somehow?

    • Hi, Susan. You’ll line up the left edge of the bodice with the completely turned-under left edge of the skirt placket. Then you’ll line up the right edge of the bodice with the placket itself (as the right side of the placket isn’t folded completely under). This gives you the needed overlap. The bodice will overlap itself, and the uppermost edge of the skirt will overlap the placket sewn into the slash beneath. Hope this helps!

      • It seems like that would throw the skirt back slightly off centre? But maybe I’m just overthinking this! Thanks for your help, I will just have to go ahead and try it!

        • Actually, it won’t throw off the center back, since the placket overlaps itself. It would only throw off the center back if both sides of the placket were folded completely under, which would force the placket to overlap the skirt instead of itself. There will be a wee bit of a “pinch pleat” in the center back, which is completely common with plackets set in a slash, but it won’t be noticeable in the whole scheme of things if you iron at each step and make everything nice and neat. Happy sewing!

  3. Thankyou so much for this. I’m doing a 1950’s dress from a pattern and the instructions may as well be in another language. I couldn’t have done it without your little vid. Great tutorial!

  4. Your tutorial is great. Also, how long should you make the placket (for a skirt) and why a placket instead of a zipper.
    Thanks in advance,
    Shirley

    • Hi, Shirley! If it’s a very fitted skirt like an A-line or pencil skirt, I recommend a nine-inch placket to provide room to pull the skirt on over the hips. When a pattern calls for a zipper, I use a zipper, because it makes a smoother closure. Some projects, though, call for a placket that fastens with a single button or a snap strip, so that would be the time to use a placket instead. If you’re going to be sitting on the placket, I would definitely go for a zipper, as it won’t pull open and is more comfortable to sit on. If it’s in a side seam, a snap strip works very well in a placket. I hope this helps!

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