I pinned a tee with a leather button placket a couple of years ago. I love the look of the leather. I tried really hard figuring out how to make a complete leather button placket. That’s why I made two other button placket tutorials earlier this year, Simple Half Button Placket Tutorial and Henley Tee Tutorial. But alas, I could not figure out how to make it. Instead I decided to make a really simple upcycle by sewing leather onto an already existing button placket. Before starting read these tips for appliqueing leather and for washing clothing with leather applique.
- A Henley
- Leather, faux leather, or pleather
- Thread that matches the leather
- Sewing supplies
- Measure the width and the height of the front button placket.
- Cut out a piece of leather the size that you measured.
- Sew the leather onto the placket. I like to use Megan’s tip of using washable glue on the leather instead of pins. (Pins make holes in the leather that cannot be undone.) I sewed the leather 1/8″ from the edges. Then I sewed another row at 1/16″.
- After I sewed it on I checked the edges. I trimmed a little bit of the leather in a couple of spots. I looked at it and realized I didn’t like the white stitching below.
- I picked out the white stitching to make the placket look really clean. The buttons are a little tricky to put through the buttonholes, but they still work just fine.
I love this clean, sophisticated look, and I really love how the leather contrasts with the stripes. This is a great look to dress up your everyday nursing-friendly wardrobe.