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I am sewing Burda Style magazine 8/2010/106, a shirt with a concealed button placket. In this pattern the placket is a separate piece. It is not cut-on. It is a simple strip that you attach and fold in various ways to form the placket and facing on the right and another strip (the same size) for the facing under the buttons on the left.

I have found out how to do a concealed button placket when the facing and placket is cut-on (attached to the front pieces of the shirt) but I cannot find instructions anywhere on how to do this when the pieces are separate. I am working with linen, which is fraying like crazy, so I don’t want to be attaching and detaching the pieces if I get the centre line in the wrong place. I have no spare fabric left. Anyone know how to do this?

(Another member reports problems with the instructions here: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/boyish-blouse)


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    Jan 11, 2011, 08.27 AMby katexxxxxx

    Once you have sewn the extra strip of fabric on, you treat the seam line as if it were the fold line, and work the concealed placket in exactly the same way.

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    Jan 11, 2011, 10.43 PMby ruthw

    Yes, thanks, in fact I found a Kwik Sew pattern with very clear instructions for a cut-on concealed placket, then took a deep breath and did exactly what you said. I was just surprised at how many layers of fabric ended up sewn together! It looks alright, though – pretty good in fact. So that’s another new construction technique learned….

    Funny that there are hundreds of tutorials on the internet for sleeve plackets and not one for a concealed button placket. Are you listening Burda Style magazine. How many welt pocket sewing schools are you going to give us, and not one concealed button placket. Not even a normal button placket! Are you listening? :D

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      Feb 13, 2011, 01.55 PMby cazabeck

      hi Ruth – have posted a ‘help’ for step by step instructions on how to do this – I have no idea as Burda pattern is useless with its instructions. Its a baby’s romper suit….. please help, thank you.

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