I don’t know about you, but I’m not always crazy about facings.
Sure, they’re easy to sew, and there are certainly times where a facing is the best option for finishing a neckline. There are even times when it’s really the only option.
But with a little more work, you can often change out facings for other finishes that look a little less homemade. This month, I decided to try that out on Violet, swapping the front and neck facing for a placket and finishing the neckline with bias tape.
This is an especially great modification if your fabric is at all sheer, since facings can sometimes show through. The placket gives the Violet a more traditional and slightly less feminine look. You could use this same modification on just about any button down shirt that has a facing.
Modifying Violet for a placket does mean changing up the pattern. You have to cut separate placket pieces, and adjust the right and left sides of the blouse front a little differently. The collar also has to be trimmed back a little to leave room at the center front for that placket.
To make it super clear, I created some free instructions, complete with illustrations, to show you step by step how it’s done.
I went with lovely clear glass buttons on my own Violet. I love the weight of glass buttons, don’t you?
Introducing the Pattern Hack Pack
We’ve created a few downloadable pattern hacks with these bonus sets of instructions at this point: the MOD-ified Laurel, the plaid Dahlia, and now this one. And we have a lot more of these freebies planned in 2015. I’m hoping to create one for each Pattern of the Month this year!
To keep it all manageable, I’ve created a special list just for free pattern hacks. When you get on the list, you’ll get the link to download a zip file with all the current pattern hacks. As we add new freebies to the pack, we’ll send you a quick email to let you know that you can get a new free download. That way you won’t miss any of them.
Just click the button below to get free hacks delivered as we create them (if you change your mind, every email will have an unsubscribe link).