In our last post, we talked about how to stabilise the waistline seams with clear elastic in lilah knit-version.
Today we are going to show you how to add a skirt placket to a woven version.
ADDING A SKIRT PLACKET
First lets answer the following questions. Why do we need a skirt placket? Where do we add it?
We will answer these questions with our Lilah Top & Dress Pattern. Lilah comes in Knit & Woven. In the woven version it was found out that children and mothers struggled to get the dress over their children’ head and arms without a placket during pre- testing. So we decided to add one for easy of getting dressed.
Skirt placket are added at the back of the dress or at side seams. You rarely see a skirt placket at the front of the dress. Since we wanted to keep the design of the back (which is the main feature of our Lilah Top & Dress) the same for both woven & knit version, we decided to add the skirt placket on the front. Also we wanted the children to be able to dress themselves without the help from their parents and therefore we designs the buttons to be at the front as well!
So how do you add a skirt placket?
Okay, let’s go ahead and start shall we?
Based on Lilah Top & Dress pattern tutorial, you will need:
– Your front skirt piece
– your placket piece
– ruler or tape measure
– marker or pencil
Let’s get started:
You will follow the pattern tutorial until Step 6. This is what you will have after Step 6.
Take your front skirt piece and place wrong side up. Find the center of the front skirt piece and draw a line 4” (10 cm) down from the top of the skirt.
Cut a slit on the line you just draw.
Take your skirt placket piece and fold one long side toward the wrong side1/4” (0.5cm). Press.
Take your skirt piece and open the slit so it forms a wide V shape.
With the wrong side of the skirt and the right side of the placket facing each other, align the raw edge of the placket with the slit and pin.
Sew the placket in with a 3/8” (1cm) seam allowance and gradually tapering the seam allowance to 1/8” (0.3 cm) when you get to the bottom of the V. Then bring it back up
to 3/8” (1cm) to the opposite side of the slit.
Fold the folded placket piece to the right side of the skirt, lining up the folded edge you created in Step 4 with the line of stitches you have just
created. This way all the raw edges will be tucked inside. Pin.
Edgestitch 1/8” (0.3cm) away from the folded edge. Press. Make sure there are no puckers at the bottom of the V before you edgestitch.
Fold your skirt along the placket, so the skirt is right sides together.
Sew the placket together at the bottom at an angle, this will help the placket from coming loose while your garment is being worn.
Press the placket to the wrong side of the skirt and baste it so it stays folded under when you attach the skirt to the bodice. Topstitch the fold.
Note: Press the placket so that the wearer’s right side is on top and is overlapping the wearer’s left side.
You did it! See it wasn’t so hard right!