I love, love , love buttons. Making buttonholes? Not so much. I discovered a faux placket tutorial at No Big Dill
and thought I’d try it on a skirt. The result? A tutorial for the sweet faux placket skirt.
This pattern is pretty forgiving size- wise.
Lizzy is a fairly average sized three year old and it fits her comfortably and I imagine that a with a little extra length in the skirt and a looser elastic in the casing it will probably fit her for a good while. If you want to make it bigger just adjust adjust the length of the skirt piece and add a little extra to the waist band. The waist ties make it pretty flexible too!OK - enough of the rambling - let's get sewing!What you'll need -
- 2 pieces 35cm x 17cm for the waistband
- 110x30cm for the skirt
- 2 pieces 55cm x 15cm for the waist ties
- co-ordinating buttons. I used three
After you've cut your pieces, finish their edges.Finish all four sides on the skirt piece and the two short sides and one of the long sides on the waistband piece. my overlocker isn't working at the moment so I used an edging stitch that I found on my machine, but a zig zag is fine too.
Next, we'll make the waist ties. Take the two pieces that measure 55cmx 15cm and head to the ironing board. Iron them in half lengthways to create a crisp centre fold. On each piece iron one of the short ends in about 1.5cm.
Next, iron the two outer edges to the centre fold that you just created.
Iron the strip in half so that all of the raw edges are folded to the middle. It should look like this.
Finally, using a 0.5cm seam allow topstitch the two long sides and the short side with the folded end. When you've done this to both straps, they should look like this...
Next, you need to attach the straps to the waistband. Fold the waistband in half lengthwise and iron creating a centre crease.
On the centre crease that you just created pin the unfinished ends of the waist ties to the short sides of the waistband. Make sure you attach them to the right side of the fabric.
Next, lay the other waistband piece (right side down) over the one with the waist ties attached. Pin and sew the two waistband pieces together using a 1cm seam allowance.
When you have done this and turned it right sides out, it should look like this.
Now it's time to create the faux placket. You need to head over to see Katy at No Big Dill
and she'll show you exactly what to do. Just make sure you make your placket right in the centre of your skirt piece. Off you go - she's expecting you! Here's the link - No Big Dill Faux placket Musical interlude while I wait for you to come back....
Placket done? Welcome back! Using a 1cm seam allowance sew the two short sides of your skirt piece right sides together.
Now you need to sew a gathering stitch around the top of your skirt. I always do two rows because one inevitably breaks. You need to start your gathering about 4cm from one side of the placket you created and finish it about 4cm from the other side of the placket. See?
Pull up the gathering so that it fits the waistband. Instead of just gathering it evenly, I think it works best if it's flatter closer to the placket and more gathery at the back.
Pin the finished edge of the waistband to the gathered skirt and sew, using a 1cm seam allowance. Take care not to get the waist ties caught in your seam!
When you turn it right side out it should like this....
Now you've just got a little finishing off to do. First of all, create a casing for the elastic on the waistband of your skirt. The width of the casing depends on the width of the elastic you are using, but I made a 2cm casing so I folded 2cm over twice. (Does that make sense? You fold twice so that you don't have any raw edges showing. ) When you're sewing, don't forget to leave a gap so that you can thread the elastic through. (Ask me how I know!)
Thread the elastic through the casing. When you've created the right size waist, sew the two ends of the elastic together and sew up the hole in the casing. (the one that you used to thread the elastic through)
Hem the skirt. I used a 2cm hem, but of course it will depend on the length that you want the finished product to be! If you're feeling tricky, start sewing your hem just to one side of the placket and finish just on the other. Hand slip the tiny bit that you haven't sewn. I should have sewn a little closer to the placket, but it will look like this.
Finally, position and sew on the buttons. I used three buttons, but if your skirt is longer, or your buttons are smaller, you might want to use more.
You're done! Trim off the threads, give it a quick press and admire your handiwork....