Off-the-shoulder tops were everywhere this past summer, and who can blame us? This retro style is fabulous because it showcases our lovely shoulders while allowing us to be comfortable in a loose flowing top or dress. What woman can resist feeling pretty AND comfy? Not me at least!
A fun way to bring this trend into fall, without freezing our booty off, is to pair an off-the-shoulder tunic or blouse with everyone’s favorite soft fabric – flannel. By using flannel or plaid you can be comfy all day long, while still looking and feeling fabulous. Pair it with your favorite plaid blanket scarf DIY -or- cape scarf DIY and some leggings to create the perfect outfit for fall.
For a sophisticated touch, add a button placket to the front of your off-the-shoulder dress. You can add a button placket to almost any basic dress or shirt pattern with these easy to follow sewing instructions. I used the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity Pattern S0981 as my base point, but you can find lots of off-the-shoulder DIYs online. Scroll to the end of the post for a list of some DIYs you can use to make your look.
Hi there! Jess from The Sewing Rabbit, and today I am going to show you how easy it can be to add a button placket to an off-the-shoulder elastic top/dress.
How to add a Button Placket to an off-the-shoulder elastic top / dress
Based on Simplicity Pattern S0981 (available in-stores)
Skill level: Intermediate
Time Needed: 3 – 4 hours
● Basic off-the-shoulder dress / blouse pattern or DIY
● 2 ¾ yard flannel or plaid fabric
● 8 – 10 buttons
● Coordinating thread
● Universal regular point sewing needle 90/14
● Rotary cutter / fabric scissors
● Basic sewing essentials
1. Lay the dress FRONT PATTERN on top of your fabric. We are going to omit the ‘fold’ line entirely and instead extend the front center out 2 ¼”. Cut (2) mirror image front dress patterns.
2. Sew the front and back together as indicated at the side seams and sleeves. Do not sew the elastic top yet.
3. Fold the top elastic casing in place by folding down ¼”, and folding down again 1” towards the wrong side. Sew around to secure casing in place, leaving the front center opening in place for inserting elastic.
4. At the front center, mark 2 ¼” in from the center along the top of the casing.
5. Insert elastic as indicated in the front center casing on one side. Pull elastic through carefully, so as not to twist the elastic inside the casing.
6. Let the end of the elastic slip inside of the casing CAREFULLY, using your fingers as a guide to STOP the elastic once the end reaches the 2 ¼” mark. Pin elastic end in place.
7. Continue pulling elastic through the casing. When you reach the other side. Pin the other end of the elastic in place at the 2 ¼” mark on the opposite side.
8. Sew a line of straight stitches back and forth over the elastic ends at the 2 ¼” mark to secure elastic in place
9. Hem the bottom of the dress prior to sewing the button placket.
10. To sew the button placket, fold the raw front center edge ¼” towards the wrong side and press.
11. Fold again 1” towards the wrong side and press, enclosing the raw seams. Pin down along the edge of the enclosed ¼” seam, 1” from the front center of the dress. Sew to secure placket in place. Repeat for both sides.
12. Overlap the placket on the front center of the dress, and add buttons / buttonholes as desired to both sides of the placket.
And you are finished!
Pair your new dress with your favorite flannel scarf, worn wrapped around your neck like an infinity scarf, draped on your shoulders, pinned in place like a blanket scarf, or even draped like a pashmina. Any which way you wear it; you will be comfy and warm all night long.
Show us your plaid this fall by tagging JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores on-line using the hashtag #handmadewithjoann.