Hey everyone! Today’s post is a little trick to sewing the tie belt on the Alma Blouse. The actual trick is very short to explain, so I thought while I was at it, I’d demonstrate how to make the whole tie belt! You can add a tie belt to any blouse. Thread a contrast tie belt through the belt loops of your pants and shorts, or tie it around the waist of a solid dress for emphasis. Whatever you plan to do with your fabric belt, the construction steps are basically the same.
You might wonder why there is a seam in the belt. One, because it’s easier to cut out. One really long belt piece uses up a lot of fabric. Two, because there is limited space on the pattern tissue, not enough to stretch the belt out as a single piece. If you want to eliminate the seam, simply place the seamline of the belt pattern piece on the fold for a one-piece belt.
First, let’s sew up the seam in the belt.
Press seam allowances open.
Fold the belt right sides together, lining up the long edges. Sew this seam from end to end, leaving a space of about 4″ (10cm) close to the middle of the belt.
Trim corners, as shown. I rearranged the trimmed-off pieces in place to show you where they were cut from, it makes a pretty photo!
Turn the belt right side out. This part takes a while, so sit down, make yourself comfortable and gently ease the belt right-side out. When it’s turned, it will look like this – a fabric sausage!
Press that fabric sausage flat.
Now, the last step in the instructions tells you to slipstitch the opening closed. You could do that, but I try to avoid hand-sewing on a casual blouse like this. I have a faster method!
Here’s the opening we left – press it in place, turning the seam allowances in evenly with the rest of the belt.
What we’ll do is sew very close to the edge of the fold of the opening, and backstitch at both ends. Start at the end of the fold, backstitch, and sew to the other end, getting as close to the fold as you can without falling off the edge.
Here’s what it looks like, close up:
It looks noticeable in this photo, and it will if you look for it, but once we’re wearing the belt it will be hardly visible! Especially if your fabric is darker, or if it’s a very busy print.
On a casual blouse, I prefer this speedy step than slipstitching. It’ll take way longer to look for a hand-sewing needle and get it threaded. If you have purchased items with tie belts in your closet, take a look – they might use this method instead of hand-sewing the opening closed!
I thought I’d share this time-saving trick, as I know we’re all fitting sewing time into busy lives. What do you think? Would you prefer to slipstitch or do you like this method?