Winter Wear Designs

ReSEWlutions: Plackets!

Satara Shirt Dress & Crop Dress

I love Suzanne’s reSEWlutions approach of the new year, inspiring us to tackle all those sewing goals we all have on our list.

And the first blog tour of 2019 is all about Plackets!

Plackets are a feature that can seem intimidating at first glance, but it’s really not difficult. If you take the time to make each step carefully, it turns out beautifully. 🙂

For this one I chose to work with the Satara Shirt Dress, which is amazing in itself, but you know I can’t help the hacking thoughts in my head! 😛

This one is technically more of a mash than a hack though… I used the skirt of the Satara, with the waistband of the Crop Dress to make a lovely button skirt!

The Satara Shirt Dress features a 3/4 circle skirt. It’s the perfect amount of flow without the risk of having a Marilyn Monroe moment on windy days, and the Crop Dress has a contoured waistband that fits like a glove without any elastic, stretch or dart. Amazing, right?!

I cut the Satara Skirt size S and Crop Dress waistband size 4, following the size chart.

The mash process was pretty simple:

  • I ran gathering stitches along the top of the skirt but it was virtually not needed. It was more like the process of set in sleeves, using the gathering stitches to ease one piece into another;
  • Adjusted the Satara placket piece to the height of the skirt + waistband and followed the pattern instructions on how to construct it;
  • The 2 buttons on the waistband are positioned 1 1/2″ apart and the other ones have a 3″ distance between them.

I’d like to point out that my waist is 4 sizes smaller than my hips and I didn’t grade the pattern. So if you’re a straight size, your skirt will likely be a bit fuller than this one.

Man, I’m so ready for Spring, I can’t wait to wear this outside! It really is my perfect kind of summer skirt.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I did steal my husband’s shirt for this! And he might not get it back because I like it on me now! Ha!

The fabric I used is a cotton/poly blend Poplin with embroidered flowers that I’ve been hoarding for a while, it has been just waiting for the perfect project. This was definitely it! <3

It’s so cute and feminine, isn’t it?
I also love my checkered buttons. Somehow it blended super well with the stripes! I’m taking baby steps towards pattern combinations! 😛

Like the skirt but don’t feel like hacking?
Welllll, a little Winter bird told me that there might be a pattern for it in the future… Woot! <3

Can’t wait that long, or just want to make the full on dress?
Here are the links 😉 :


And make sure to check out the other stops of the tour for more awesome Placket inspiration! <3

January 29
Aurelie of Maglice&So (guest posting at WWD)

January 30
Kristen  (guest posting at WWD)

January 31
Alyssa  of The Sewing Goatherd
Jessica of Jot Designs USA

Feb 1
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Livia of Liviality


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  1. Amazing! Your hack turned out so perfect, and the finished product is so polished.

    1. admin says:

      Ah, thank you so much Meriel!!! <3

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