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Date: 6/29/14 3:45 PM

Hi! I have looked online for a tutorial on how to convert a button-front shirt pattern, such as Simplicity 2741, View A or B, or any button-front shirt, really (or shirt dress). I have inserted a placket in a slash several times successfully, so is that what I need to do? Cut the shirt front pattern piece on the center front line on the fold of the fabric and then draft and insert a placket? Or is there a way to use the pattern's existing placket pieces and shorten them? Thanks!
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In reply to rachella

Date: 6/29/14 3:50 PM

What you want is called a "henley".

If you "cut on the fold" you will need to ADD half the width of the button placket back in there.

! The important question though is what kind of placket have you been used to sewing in... or what kind do you have in mind? Do you mean like just a slit with a facing? ... or do you mean a placket that overlaps and still has a few buttons in it?

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Date: 6/29/14 4:18 PM

Catina, thanks for the reply! I've been inserting overlapping button plackets in slash openings in several tops I've made lately.

In calling the style I'm referring to "popover", I'm referring to RTW tops with a split neckline and overlapping placket like these:
Madewell popover
J. Crew popover
Banana Republic popover

I'm going to try inserting a button placket the way I usually do and see how it works, I guess. I'll make sure the finished placket is the same width as the pattern's.
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Date: 6/29/14 4:27 PM

Great job that you mastered that!

Yeah... just do the "cut on fold" but ADD that extra to you CF, which is 1/2 the distance of you finished placket... this way everything still works with the collar stand and overall intended fit of the garment.

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Date: 6/29/14 4:29 PM

Catina, thanks! I will make sure to add 1/2 of the placket width to the CF. :)
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Date: 6/29/14 4:39 PM

You add 1/2 of the width of the finished placket not 1/2 inch unless your placket happens to be exactly 1 inch wide.
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