The Placket Pattern & Tutorial – For The Tailored Shirt Look

placket patternThis is the placket pattern & tutorial.  A placket is a detail often used in tailored shirts and blouses. This is one of the skills that will raise your sewing to the next level.

But first, let's make sure everyone knows what we're talking about.  According to Wikipedia:

placket (also spelled placquet) is an opening in the upper part of trousers or skirts, or at the neck or sleeve of a garment.[1] Plackets are almost always used to allow clothing to be put on or removed easily, but are sometimes used purely as a design element. Modern plackets often contain fabric facings or attached bands to surround and reinforce fasteners such as buttons, snaps, or zippers.

Yes, I think you know where I am going with this placket pattern & tutorial.  I just love these super simple techniques that make your projects look much more professional.  I have found the absolute easiest way to make a tailored placket for the crisp looking shirt that I will soon share with you.

You can use this placket pattern in just about any sleeve you wish to have buttons and cuffs.  A placket is always found in a tailored shirt of man and woman, but it is a bit tricky to sew so I am sharing with you an easy and fail-proof way.  While most sleeves patterns come with their placket pattern, you can use the pattern I am sharing with you in case you want to add a placket to a shirt you already have.


  • Fabric from the shirt or a contrasting one.
  • An erasable pen, or tailor's chalk
  • An iron
  • A ruler

Pattern Download

Get the Pattern HERE

Once printed, transfer the placket pattern to your fabric using a tailor's chalk, pencil or an erasable ink pen.  You might want to try a Frixion pen.

There are two pieces to the pattern:  The Overlap and the Underlap.  Place the fabric print sides together and cut out two pieces, two for each sleeve.  We will start folding the pieces, this is an important step so we do not sew the pieces on the wrong side of the sleeve.

How To Use This Placket Pattern Tutorial

This is the contemporary drafting and sewing technique of a placket pattern & tutorial for a man's or woman's shirt.  There are other ways to sew a placket but I have given you the universally know tailoring technique.

Note: this is not a mass-produced technique used in large factories.

Step One:  Preparing The Overlap

Fold the Overlap print sides together and

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sew the edge at 1/4″ (A), trim the corner at a 90-degree angle (B),  Trim (C) and turn sharp triangle.

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Turn the triangle right side out (D). Iron.placket pattern

Fold the 3/8″ line on the side where the triangle is located.

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Fold the 1/4″ line on the opposite side of the triangle.placket pattern

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The following pictures are going to be key to making the placket on the right side of the sleeve and in the correct order.

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Step Two:  Preparing The Underlap

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Fold 1/4″ on the side.

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Then fold in both sides on the sides. placket pattern

You will use the creases as a sewing guide to attaching the underlap to the sleeve.

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Here are both pieces of the pattern.  Overlap on top and Underlap at the bottom.

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Step Three:  Placing The Pieces Of The Placket On The Sleeve

It is important to pay attention to this step since it will make or break your project.   Placing the pieces in the correct placement will ensure your success.

The Overlap is placed print side down on the wide side of the placement line or towards the front of the sleeve.placket patternplacket pattern

Align the edges of the Underlap and Overlap on the placement line

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Using the fold lines already made by the iron sew on each line next to the placement line stopping right at the end of the placket.

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Cut in between the stitching lines or on the placement line.  Stop at 1/4″ and cut to the corner but not through.

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placket patternStep Four:  Sewing The Underlap

Bring the Underlap from the wrong side of the sleeve to the right side and iron the stitching line.

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Pin the Underlap over the stitching line and sew. Iron.

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Step Five:  Sewing The Overlap

Turn the Overlap to the right side of the sleeve and iron the stitching line.

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Fold the Overlap over the stitching line. You will find that the Overlap will do this naturally since it was folded previously using the iron.

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Stitch close to the folded edge from 3/8″ of the Jog level to the end of the Overlap.

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Now it is time to sew the Overlap Over the Underlap.

  1. Keeping the Underlap away from the Overlap sew the edge at 1/16″ from the end of the overlap to the first corner.placket pattern
  2. Slide the Underlap under the Overlap and sew from the corner to the tipplacket pattern
  3. From the tip to the left corner
  4. From the left corner join the stitching line with the previously stitched line.placket pattern
  5. Sew across the packet and create a rectangle catching this way the Underlap and the Overlap, you are now ready to sew the underarm stitch.placket pattern

Most of the commercial and Indy Patterns will include a placket pattern but not always a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to make one.  The Placket is a contemporary tailoring technique that is both feared and respected by fashion design students and newbie seamstresses alike.

This is one of the techniques that will move you from a beginner to intermediate-level sewists.  Take up the challenge and learn this technique so you can join me in making a special, tailored blouse coming soon.

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Let me know what you think of this Placket tutorial in the comments below, also if you want to see more interesting techniques to take your sewing projects to the next level.


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Hi Mayra – just returning to your great tutorial and pattern for the cuff of a shirt and wondering if you have something similar for a placket on the front of a shirt? Not a button all the way down to the hem type but a placket that just opens part way down the shirt say to the chest point?


Hi, Mayra!
I’m so happy I found this tutorial. I have not attempted to sew a classic shirt, although I have several patterns, because I was afraid of the placket. I am going to practice this technique and then sew up my shirts! Thanks for this!

Vanessa Peters
Vanessa Peters

Hi Mayra – I’ve just tried out your pattern twice, following along with your instructions. It’s definitely a case of practise makes perfect as my second one was better. Good job I’m working with scraps!! I want to say thank you for the effort you put in to the instructions and for the pattern – both are the best version of how to sew a placket that I’ve found. The instructions in my Burda shirt pattern are dire!! I shall be using your technique instead. How can I repay you?


Quite adequate pattern and instructions, but if I had known that the download included only the pattern pieces and not the tutorial, I would not have paid more than 1/8 of what i paid (I do have quite a few shirt patterns that incorporate a placket piece). And it would have been nice to have a link to a PDF that would print without ads that I could save on my computer with the pattern.

Marti Morgan
Marti Morgan

This is a bit confusing without having the pattern and pieces in front of me, workfing along as I read. I am anxious to have plackets on my sewn t-shirt necks. Thank you for the tutorial.

Peggy Looby
Peggy Looby

Even though I have been sewing a while, I would probably have to go ver this many times & sew this quite a few before getting it to a satisfactory level. These “bring my sewing to another level” are the things I appreciate most. Thank you so much for helping me move to this next level.


Great! Thank you for demonstrating this!