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June 2, 2006

SImplity 4124 – Placket Embellishment So Far

Filed under: Embellishment — phyllisc @ 7:19 pm

by Diva Phyllis

This is a technique I learned from Kenneth King – it’s a great way to add spontaneous embellishment to areas of garments that need to be symmetrical, such as jacket lapels or this tunic placket. Kenneth still teaches this technique, so I really can’t reveal how to do it – but you can learn it via on line classes on Pattern Review. Kenneth also includes this technique his book Cool Tricks. In addition to being a designer, Kenneth is a well-known and respected educator. He’s an excellent teacher, generous with his considerable expertise and supportive of his students.

So while I can’t reveal his technique, I can show how I modified the construction so I could do this embellishment on a knit. So let’s head over to the embellishment section of the Sewing Divas universe and I’ll give you the details…



  1. Phyllis, I’ve seen the embellishment technique demonstrated and have wanted to try it, but I am a wash and wear kind of girl (lazy) and every base trim I find says “dry clean only”. Not going to happen…. Are your trims washable, or is this a knit garment that you’ll have dry cleaned?

    Comment by Karla — June 3, 2006 @ 6:45 am

  2. These trims are synthetic for the most part and really the only unknown factor is the wool felt backing – that might shrink in anything except cold water. To be really sure, you should pre-shrink the wool felt, or use synthetic felt.

    Dry cleaning is the safest way to preserve the original finish on trim, but dryer cleaners often mangle garments too and you can lose beads and have trims come loose. So I’ll probably hand wash this in cool water with Castille Soap and lay it flat to dry. Trims are damaged by washer agitation and dryer heat, so many problems can be avoided if you hand wash.

    Also, I like to use silk thread bead for garment beading because it’s the most durable.

    Another way to make the finished garment easier to clean is to avoid beads and sequins that have a borealis (rainbow) finish because that coating comes off pretty easily as well.

    Comment by Phyllis — June 3, 2006 @ 7:45 am

  3. Your embellishments are fantastic! I can’t wait to see the blouse when it’s finished.

    Comment by Gigi — June 3, 2006 @ 8:22 am

  4. I’ve seen this while it has been in progress. The colors are so rich. This is such an inspiration!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 3, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  5. Very slick!

    Comment by Mary Beth — June 3, 2006 @ 11:56 am

  6. I knew as soon as I said it, I’d have to eat my words. I found some hand washable rayon curlicue stuff today that will work perfectly as the foundation braid. Who had this hard-to-find trim? That little boutique – Joanns. Who knew?

    Comment by Karla — June 3, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

  7. Thanks for linking to Coutoture!

    I would love to have the Sewing Divas in the Community if you are interested! Drop me a line at

    Comment by Julie — June 3, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

  8. Thanks Phyllis for sharring the embellishment, it looks marvelous.

    Comment by Els — June 4, 2006 @ 9:35 am

  9. just great!
    I should take that class, shouldn’t I…

    any hints, where I can get a bag full of sewing time?

    Comment by Tini — June 6, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

  10. Beautiful embellishments. I believe Kenneth did an article for Threads Magazine on this technique. It’s a clever way to establish your embellishment lines. FYI: King is teaching at the Creativ Festival (sic) in Toronto next month. It used to be called the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival but now incorporates many other crafts and diy decor, (nayy).


    Comment by Anonymous — September 16, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

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