This plastron sewn in a black satin elevates every look with elegance and is the perfect accent to a classic white blouse. Read on to download the free template and see how to sew together.
- 5.20 m/ 5.75 yd of satin ribbon (2.5 cm/1 in wide)
- Sewing pins
- Measuring tape
- Chalk pencil
- Quilt ruler, apx. 0.45 m/ .5 yd elastic (7 mm wide)
- Clasp, e.g. bra clasp (7 mm)
Cut pieces: 1 x 48 cm (19 in), 2 x 28 cm (11 in), 2 x 32 cm (12.5 in), 2 x 36 cm (14.25 in), 2 x 40 cm (15.75 in), 2 x 44 cm (17.5 in), 2 x 52 cm (20.5 in) long. Fold all pieces in half lengthwise, press. Pin the first band (14 cm/ 5.5 in) as shown on the template onto the middle band (24 cm/ 9.5 in) and stitch in place.
Pin the opposite side piece of the band (14 cm/ 5.5 in) as shown on the template and stitch close to the edge onto the middle strip. The open strip ends should always be placed along the middle strip.
Place the two ribbon ends together, right sides facing and stitch diagonally together.
Press the "corner" open and pin it in place over the middle strip and pin in place.
Begin with the next row (placing doubled 16 cm/6.25 in), pinning in place. Continue the process with the remaining strips in ascending lengths as explained in steps 2–4 (always beginning from the left).
Place the last two strips (26 cm/ 10.25 in) around the edge of the middle strip and pin in place.
Stitch down the middle length of the strip (so that all of the individual loops are fixed in place through the middle).
Stitch the middle of the elastic to the back side. On one end of the elastic sew a small loop. On the other end secure a clasp (for adjustable neck widths) and hook.
A strong cut and a delicate fabric give an elegant flair to the this blouse with the hidden button placket and an extra long back panel that has the look of a walking skirt. The semi-transparent plumetis is very feminine and compliments this plastron well.