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button front dress and tunic pattern

For Dress no. 2 or Tuinc no. 1, use front pattern piece. For Dress no. 1 and Shirt no. 1 lower neck to desired level or use the neck template on back pattern piece.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Fold fabric in half, wrong sides facing and prepare by cutting along the fold. Next, place pattern piece 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) from edge. This extra width will make the button placket.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Draw line from fabric edge to pattern piece. Trace around pattern piece to bottom edge, then cut. You should have two separate front pieces.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Follow the instructions in the pattern for sewing shoulders and sides. Finish the edges with pinking shears, zigzag stitch or serger.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Working with the front, fold edge 1/4 inch (6 mm) to the wrong side and press. Repeat on other side.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Next, fold edge 1 inch (2.5 cm) to the right side and secure by placing pin. This will be turned right side out later.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Sew along fold, 1/4 inch (6 mm) from neck edge. Repeat on other side.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Next, attach bias tape to neckline. With right sides facing, unfold bias tape and pin to neckline. Starting at the right front, overlap the beginning of the bias tape with folded edge of the placket by 1/4 inch (6 mm). Pin all the way around the neck. When you reach the left front, cut bias tape, making sure to leave a generous 1/4 inch (6 mm).

button front dress and tunic pattern

Starting at the first 1/4 inch (6 mm) placket fold, sew, following the fold line of the bias tape.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Next, trim the placket corner, being careful not to cut too close to stitches. Repeat on other side.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Turn placket to the front, flipping bias tape to the inside of garment. Repeat for other side.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Press along the folded placket, keeping it folded 1/2 inch (6 mm), pin and repeat on other side. Press bias tape and pin.

button front dress and tunic pattern

With wrong side facing and starting at the top of the neck edge, sew 1/8 inch (3 mm) along edge of placket. Repeat on second side.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Starting at the line of stitches, sew 1/8 inch (3 mm) along edge of bias tape. Follow instructions for hemming and finishing sleeves or armholes.

button front dress and tunic pattern

Select buttons or snaps. Lay garment on a flat surface to measure to mark for placement – three inches apart on garment shown.

Traditionally, women’s garments button up from the right: button holes on the right front, with buttons sewn on the left. Follow your sewing machine’s instructions and practice on scrap fabric to determine the best button hole length for chosen buttons.

Make button holes, then overlap plackets and use a pin through the center of each to mark for buttons. Mark with chalk and sew on buttons securely.