Rhinestone Placket Tee Shirt Template

1/4" pleats spaced 1/2" apart
Optional label inside - Attach it by sewing or fabric glue. Finished purse measures 7" x 7".

If you like to sew, you probably have a favorite tee shirt pattern that fits you perfectly.  I like coming up with ways to change the look of a basic tee pattern and this project is my latest.  This placket tutorial and template is yet another way to add interest to plain tees. Align it with your shirt pattern neckline and center front to create a pretty split neck opening design.  I added special stitching to mine along with rhinestones and copied those elements on the edge of my 3/4 sleeves. Paint a design on the placket, embroider flowers on it, or cut it from lace.  There’s no end to the possibilities for making dozens of different looks from one basic pattern and one basic template.

Directions

step 1 - Print out the template pieces for the shirt Cut Line and the Placket.  Each is in two pieces. Tape them together.

step 1 - Print out the template pieces for the shirt Cut Line and the Placket.  Each is in two pieces. Tape them together.

step 2 - Use the Placket template to cut 2 fabric pieces and one lightweight interfacing.

step 2 - Use the Placket template to cut 2 fabric pieces and one lightweight interfacing.

step 3 - Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of a fabric piece.  With wrong sides together,  cut a slit through all layers 3.25” from the top edge of the neck on the center front line.

step 4 - At .25” from center front, stitch from the neckline to just below the end of the slit.  Sew across the bottom using only one stitch back-tacked for reinforcement.  Sew up the other side to .25” from center.  Stitch the neckline seams and trim.  Turn the pieces right sides out and press the slit.

step 4 - At .25” from center front, stitch from the neckline to just below the end of the slit.  Sew across the bottom using only one stitch back-tacked for reinforcement.  Sew up the other side to .25” from center.  Stitch the neckline seams and trim.  Turn the pieces right sides out and press the slit.

step 5 - The stitch pattern I used is called the vine but you can use any fun stitch design to decorate your placket.  The stitching is done on the interfaced fabric only. 

step 5 - The stitch pattern I used is called the vine but you can use any fun stitch design to decorate your placket.  The stitching is done on the interfaced fabric only. 

step 6 - Begin the stitching with a row 1/8” from the left of center and 1/8” right of center.  Use these stitch lines as a guide for placing the rows that follow.

step 6 - Begin the stitching with a row 1/8” from the left of center and 1/8” right of center.  Use these stitch lines as a guide for placing the rows that follow.

step 7 - To evenly space the rest of the stitching rows, I used the edge of my presser foot as a guide, keeping it lined up with the edge of the stitching line next to it.

step 7 - To evenly space the rest of the stitching rows, I used the edge of my presser foot as a guide, keeping it lined up with the edge of the stitching line next to it.

step 8 - Add more rows until the placket is filled.  be sure to stitch only on the interfaced fabric.

step 8 - Add more rows until the placket is filled.  be sure to stitch only on the interfaced fabric.

step 9 - Pin the right sides of the fabric together and sew the neckline seams.  Trim the allowance and top stitch it to the facing fabric.

step 9 - Pin the right sides of the fabric together and sew the neckline seams.  Trim the allowance and top stitch it to the facing fabric.

step 10 - Turn the work right side out and pin the layers together at the sides and bottom.  Set aside.

step 10 - Turn the work right side out and pin the layers together at the sides and bottom.  Set aside.

step 11 - Pin the Cut Line Template to the center front and shoulder seam of your tee shirt pattern front piece.  Lay the pattern/template on your fabric and pin in place.  Remove the pins in the top part of the pattern and fold it away from the template as you cut around it.  Replace the pattern and finish cutting the tee shirt front.

step 12 - Reinforce the opening with stay tape .50” from the edge of fabric on the wrong side.  Cut into both corners but not into the stitching.

step 12 - Reinforce the opening with stay tape .50” from the edge of fabric on the wrong side.  Cut into both corners but not into the stitching.

step 13 - Pin the bottom of the placket to the shirt front with right sides together.  Sew a horizontal 5/8” seam from corner to corner.  Pin each placket side to the fabric and sew with right sides together.

step 13 - Pin the bottom of the placket to the shirt front with right sides together.  Sew a horizontal 5/8” seam from corner to corner.  Pin each placket side to the fabric and sew with right sides together.

step 14 - Serge the seam allowances to trim them and prevent them from raveling.

step 14 - Serge the seam allowances to trim them and prevent them from raveling.

step 15 - Sew the shirt’s shoulder seams together.  The back neck will extend 5/8” longer than the finished front. 

step 15 - Sew the shirt’s shoulder seams together.  The back neck will extend 5/8” longer than the finished front. 

step 16 - Make a neck band for the shirt back by cutting a strip of fabric 1.25” by whatever length you need for your size shirt plus two inches.  Pin one raw edge to the neckline along with stay tape. Sew in place from shoulder seam to shoulder seam with one inch of the band extending beyond the shoulder line.

step 16 - Make a neck band for the shirt back by cutting a strip of fabric 1.25” by whatever length you need for your size shirt plus two inches.  Pin one raw edge to the neckline along with stay tape. Sew in place from shoulder seam to shoulder seam with one inch of the band extending beyond the shoulder line.

step 17 - Serge the other raw edge of the band.  Turn the band inside and topstitch in place.

step 17 - Serge the other raw edge of the band.  Turn the band inside and topstitch in place.

step 18 - Apply rhinestones on the stitching opposite every other loop on the vine.  Attach them by pressing with an iron on a protected hard surface for 45 seconds.

step 18 - Apply rhinestones on the stitching opposite every other loop on the vine.  Attach them by pressing with an iron on a protected hard surface for 45 seconds.

Consider adding a line of stitching and rhinestones on the edge of the sleeves.


NOTE:
My templates are designed to fit a small or medium shirt. If your pattern is larger, print the templates out at more than 100%.

Tips:   • Even when your pattern calls for a folded waistband, add a seam allowance to the fold and make the band two pieces.  Having a seam on both sides of the band allows you to insert the ends of the belt loops and hide their raw edges in the band. • Pinning through belt loops to keep them in place on the waistband is sometimes difficult because of the many layers of fabric and interfacing.  Use painters tape placed well away from the seam allowance to hold them perfectly straight and in place. • Keep waistbands from stretching out with wear by sewing stay tape into the seams. • Like your jeans snug but comfortable?  Look for fabric with just a little stretch to it.  Test it at the fabric shop before you buy it.  If it springs back to shape after stretching, it’s a good choice.

Supplies

Amazon

  • hot fix rhinestones
  • fusible interfacing
  • stay tape
  • sewing machine with fancy stitches

At Fabric Store

  • fabric
  • sewing notions

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