Sewing & Pattern making Terms


In the fashion world, the term “placket” holds a significant place, especially when it comes to creating garments with closures. As a seamstress or pattern maker, understanding the purpose and techniques behind plackets is essential for adding functionality and style to shirts, blouses, dresses, and more. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the world of plackets, their types, and how to master the art of creating these essential fabric openings.

Plackets: The Gateway to Garment Closures

Plackets are fabric openings incorporated into garments to allow for ease of putting on or taking off the garment and to accommodate closures such as buttons, snaps, or zippers.

Exploring Placket Types:

  1. Button Placket:
  • Traditional Button Placket: A fabric strip or overlap on the center front of a garment, where buttons and buttonholes are positioned.
  • Continuous Bound Placket: A slit with a bound edge that allows for buttoning and unbuttoning, commonly used on sleeves or cuffs.
  1. Zipper Placket:
  • Centered Zipper Placket: A fabric opening down the center front or back of a garment where a zipper is inserted.
  • Lapped Zipper Placket: A fabric overlap with a concealed zipper, often seen on skirts, pants, or dresses.
  • Fly Front Zipper Placket: A special type of placket commonly used on pants or jeans, creating a neat and functional opening for a zipper.

Creating a Button Placket:

  1. Marking and Preparation:
  • Determine the placement and length of the placket on the garment.
  • Interface the placket area to provide stability and structure.
  1. Construction Steps:
  • Cut or create the placket slit or overlap, ensuring accurate dimensions and grainline alignment.
  • Finish the raw edges of the placket to prevent fraying.
  • Create and attach buttonholes and buttons to the respective sides of the placket.
  • Fold, press, and stitch the placket edges in place, ensuring neatness and durability.

Mastering a Zipper Placket:

  1. Marking and Preparation:
  • Mark the placement and length of the zipper placket on the garment.
  • Interface the placket area for added stability.
  1. Construction Steps:
  • Prepare the fabric edges for the zipper insertion by finishing or interfacing as necessary.
  • Install the zipper using an appropriate zipper insertion technique (centered, lapped, or fly front).
  • Secure the top and bottom ends of the zipper and reinforce the placket edges for durability.

Finishing Touches and Variations:

  • Consider topstitching along the placket edges to provide a polished finish and reinforce the seam.
  • Explore decorative elements such as placket trims, contrasting fabrics, or fabric-covered buttons to add flair and personalization.

Tips for Success:

  1. Practice on Scrap Fabric:
  • Before tackling a placket on your final garment, practice the construction steps on scrap fabric to build confidence and refine your technique.
  1. Precision and Accuracy:
  • Pay attention to measurements, markings, and grainlines to ensure a well-fitted and professional-looking placket.
  1. Seam Allowance Management:
  • Be mindful of the seam allowances and their interaction with the placket, ensuring clean and even seams.


Plackets are not just functional openings; they are opportunities to add style and finesse to your garments. By understanding the different types of plackets and mastering their construction techniques, you can elevate your sewing projects to new heights. Whether you’re creating a classic button placket or a sleek zipper opening, embrace the challenge, practice diligently, and let the art of plackets enhance the beauty and functionality of your creations.

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