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Faux Placket Hack for the Hickory & Spice Henley

Hickory & Spice Henley Faux Placket Hack


How to Hack a Faux Placket

Want to make the Hickory & Spice Henley a quicker sew? This past Christmas, I wanted to make one of these shirts for each of my three girls. It was almost Christmas by the time I got to that project on my list, so I decided to speed up the process by making their henleys into faux henleys.

Here’s how you can whip up your own faux henleys in no time flat!

H&S Faux Placket 1

When sewing a faux placket, you need to cut out only the longer of the two placket pieces. You don’t need as much fabric for the faux placket, so trim off 1/2” (1.27cm) from each long side. Those lines are already marked with notches, so that’s super easy!

Go ahead and clip the center notch on the top and bottom.

H&S Faux Placket 2

Fold the two long edges of the placket to the center. Press. Then fold up the bottom edge 1/2” (1.27cm). Press again.

While you’re pressing, go ahead and press a light crease down the center front of the shirt.

H&S Faux Placket 3


Using the shirt’s center front crease as a guide, line up the folded placket piece down the center of the shirt, with the placket’s cut edges facing the shirt and matching the top edge to the neckline. Pin or baste into place.

(I’ve also removed the color blocking for this particular version of the Hickory & Spice Henley. For that tutorial, go here.)

H&S Faux Placket 4

Carefully topstitch around the edges of the faux placket. Remember that you can use a straight stitch, as this will not need to stretch.

Go ahead and sew on any buttons or other non-functional closures. This helps it look legit. 😉

Next, you’ll sew the shoulder seams and prep the neckband as the pattern directs.

H&S Faux Placket 5


In the original pattern, the ends of the neckband get neatly tucked inside the placket pieces. Since there isn’t an “inside” anymore, simply pin the ends on top of the placket like so. The second side will go on top of the first in the same way.

Be sure to check which way the overlap should go! I’m always getting the boy’s overlap and the girl’s overlap switched if I’m not following my own instructions. (Silly me.)

(The fabric I used here is pretty stiff, and that curve there at the top of the placket isn’t going to line up very well with the raw edge of the neckline. It’s not a problem, though; if your fabric is like this, too, just match it up at the notch and end, and trim off the excess fabric after you sew the neckband on.)

Otherwise, sew on the neckband like in the original pattern.

H&S Faux Placket 6

And there you go! I love whipping out a quick faux henley placket when sewing time is limited (which, honestly, is most of the time). What do you think? Are you Team Real or Team Faux?

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Hickory & Spice Henley pattern hacks I’ve shared this week! I love all the ways this one pattern can be customized, altered, and made uniquely yours. I’m excited to see what you come up with! Share your creations with #OrangeDaisyPatterns, #HickoryandSpiceHenley and @orangedaisypatterns (on Instagram) so I can marvel at your amazingness!

Happy sewing!

Hickory & Spice Henley Stand Alone Cover You can purchase Jill’s pattern for the Hickory and Spice Henley HERE or visit her website to see more of her work HERE or purchase Issue 18 which contains this pattern HERE.

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Faux Layered Sleeves for the Hickory and Spice Henley

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Change the Color Blocking on your Hickory & Spice Henley

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Free Shell Bikini Top Pattern

Today we’re super lucky to have Melinda from PrimaBelle Creations sharing her free shell bikini top pattern!  If you’re looking for a simple to sew top, to complete your Mermaid costume then this is the “how to” for you!

Free Mermaid Shell Bikini Top Pattern

When I showed my 3 year old the Makana Mermaid Skirt (pattern by Tadah Patterns from One Thimble Issue 16) I made her, she insisted she needed a shell bikini top just like a mermaid princess! So I decided to draft a simple Shell Bikini Top to fuel her imagination!

You will need:
● The Shell Pattern Piece
● 36″ piece of Ribbon or Lace
● Fat Quarter of Fabric
● Low Loft Batting (sew in or iron on)
● Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, Iron

Seam allowance is 1/4″

Download Melinda’s full tutorial -> PrimaBelle Creations Shell Bikini Tutorial

Download just the pattern piece -> Shell Bikini Template – PrimaBelle Creations

Let’s begin…

1. Print off your pattern piece. Cut out the shell.

2. Cut the shell pieces from your fabric (2 mirrored pairs) and from the batting (1 mirrored pair).

Shell Bikini Top Requirements
3. Iron the batting (or baste if sew in batting) to the wrong side of two fabric shell pieces.

4. Place one mirrored pair of fabric shells right sides together and sew around the edge, leaving a gap on one side of the shell for turning. Repeat with the other pair.

Step 4 Shell Bikini Top
5. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance down (excluding the open gap).

6. Turn each one the right way out and press.

Step 6 shell bikini top
7. Topstitch 1/8″ around the edge of the shell pieces, closing the gap you had left for turning.

step 7 shell bikini top
8. Fold your Lace/Ribbon in half. On the underside of each shell pin the Lace/Ribbon (right side down) and with a gap in between the two. For my 3 year old I had a 1/2″ gap but you could have the gap wider for an older child just try it first.

step 8 shell bikini top
9. Secure the Lace/Ribbon down by stitching the edges of the shell (where the topstitching is) and then turn the shells over and topstitch lines to create the look of a shell (as below). You could get fancy here if you like.

step 9 shell bikini top

And here is a close up of the detail…

And you’re all done! Now wasn’t that easy?! Here are a few pics of mine being worn so you
can see how fabulous it is!

I hope you have loved this tutorial as much as I loved creating it!
MUCH Love and Happy Creating
xx Mel xx

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Makana Mermaid Skirt Pattern Pick up your copy of the Makana Mermaid Skirt as a stand alone pattern HERE or as part of Issue 16 HERE.

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