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Selfish Sewing: A Self-Drafted Pattern

Posted by Betsy Cook on

I am on a blue kick. Perhaps I am like Picasso, going through a blue period. Chambray. Seriously, cannot get enough. Also cannot get enough easy, swingy tops. So I made myself a new one. 

With the Chambray that I got from B&J fabrics I could use both sides! 

I think this pattern will work even better for silky, lighter-weight fabrics that allow for more drape. (The chambray is almost quilting cotton weight.)

How do you do your plackets? I sometimes have no clue how to do something until I sit down and do it. 98% of the time I am successful. This time was the other 2%. I kept clipping the corner ends too much and then I was left with large uneven gaping holes. This was beyond fixable, so exhibit A- the decorative patch. 

Send me some links for TNT so I can figure this out. I have other ideas for this technique as well...

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  • Hi Betsy. I’ve fallen behind on my blog reading over the summer, and just saw this post. A great place to look for button placket tutorial(s) is at
    One example is
    and there are others.
    Tasia os Sewaholic has some great one too.
    Hope these few links help you out. Melissa @MellySews’ tutorials are always so clear it amazes me. (Her teaching career in her former life really shines through when she’s writing a tutorial!)

    Mary on
  • This reminded me of Biscayne blouse by Hey June. Scruffy Badger and Flossie Teacakes make examples. Similar collar, placket, full and breezey. Summer comfort.

    maggie on
  • I love this! Definitely keep this design in mind for future SBCC patterns. ;)

    Michelle on

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