It’s been a really hot summer and for the first time, I’ve started wearing dresses regularly to get through the heat. Now there are a lot of nursing-friendly dress options. I was getting tired of my limited options, and I didn’t have the time to whip up a couple of dresses. Instead I found a quick way to add a half button placket to any shirt or dress. I’m really happy with resulting the look! I made a matching blue placket and a floral contrasting placket. It’s easy to add to almost any shirt!
Fabric scrap in matching or contrasting fabric
Buttons or snaps
- Cut two pieces of fabric 1.75″ wide by 8″ long. Cut two pieces of interfacing .75″ wide by 8″ long. Cut out another piece of interfacing 2″ wide by 8″ long.
- Iron the wider interfacing onto the center front of the dress lining up the top with the neckline.
- Iron the two pieces of fabric in half lengthwise. Iron on the small interfacing pieces to one side of the fabric.
- Find the center front of the dress. Mark two lines .25″ from the center front and 7″ long.
- Sew with a straight stitch along the marked lines.
- Cut down the center front. .25″ from the bottom cut out at two angles, like at upside down “Y”.
- Fold the fabric pieces right sides together on the fold line. Fold each raw edge back in .25″. Sew across the top .25″ from the edge on both.
- Turn right side out.
- Fold the long raw edges over .25″ and iron. Make sure the center fold line is still ironed.
- Pin each piece of fabric around the raw edge of the dress. You’re basically sewing a binding around raw edges. Edgestitch along the fold and stop just above the “Y” cut. (My binding turned out a little wavy since I was using a very slippery fabric and only interfaced one side of the binding. Interface both sides if you are worried about this.)
- To finish the bottom edges of the binding and dress, you are going to fold the bottom of the bindings up towards each other in the middle. This will enclose the little triangle of fabric at the bottom.
- Pin the bindings down. Sew a box and an “X” around the edges.
- Press well.
- Add buttons and buttonholes or snaps.