I bragged to her earlier this week that I am an accomplished seamstress. I cut my teeth as a fabric store assistant manager; I was in my early 20s and was (very unwisely) taking a break from college. That fabric store job taught me two very important life lessons: one, how to sew well, and two, how to get your sorry ass back in college so you don't make minimum wage the rest of your life. Funny how being really, really broke brings you back to your senses - and school books.
Anyway, I am now lamenting ever telling Teresa that I am a good seamstress. Why? Because last night I started sewing on the plackets for my almost-finished Ditto cardigan. I thought to myself, how hard could this be? That was at 7:00 PM. By 1:30 AM, I'd ripped the plackets out three times and had used the F word more liberally than a sailor. By the time I went to bed, finally, maybe, one of the plackets is sewed on okay. Maybe. I think so. It needs to be blocked to get some of the weird curviness out of it, but I think it will work. Fortunately, I started on the button side so it will be covered with the buttonhole side. With all this hard-won experience, I am hoping the buttonhole side will go on much better than its predecessor.
This morning, I found the video Berroco suggests you watch BEFORE you sew on the placket. Of course, I didn't watch it BEFORE because I am an accomplished seamstress! But now that I know how lame I really am, I watched it in interest. And since I know several people are following this blog because they want to make this sweater, I present it here along with the admonishment that you watch it BEFORE you start sewing on your placket!