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River Sewalong // Beltloops and Belt for Version 2

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

The final touch on the River dress, version 2  – the belt and belt loops! Its nice to be able to cinch in this version, since the woven fabrics tend to be lighter and thinner than the thicker heavy weight knits of version 1.

The pattern includes instructions for two belt loops, but you could always add more if you like.

And though we will be talking about adding a belt and belt loops to the woven dress (V2) there is honestly nothing stopping you from adding a belt to a knit dress, or even to the woven or knit tops! Some of our testers added belts to their tops and they turned out so cute!!

Okay, lets go…

// BELTLOOPS //

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Fold your two belt loop pieces in half, with right sides together. Sew 1/4” form the raw edge.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Trim back the seam allowance.

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Using a safety pin or loop turner, turn the belt loops right side out.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Press flat, and then cut your two pieces in to four 2.5” pieces. Pick the best two to use on your dress (if you decide you want more than two belt loops, well then now you have extras!)

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

On the two belt loops that you choose, fold in each end by 1/4” and press.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Position the two belt loops on the dress at the notches on the side seams. They are placed with the bottom of the belt loops about 3/4” from the top of the pocket opening.

Stitch in place along the top and bottom edges, close to the edge.

// BELT //

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Start by placing the two belt pieces right side together, and sew along one short side, 5/8” from the raw edge.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Press the seam open.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now fold the long belt piece in half lengthwise with right sides together. Line up the raw edges and pin in place.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Sew 5/8” from the edge around both the short ends and long edge, pivoting at the corners. Leave a gap opening of about 3” somewhere along the long edge.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Trim the corners and seam allowance on the short ends.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now turn the belt the right way around by pushing it through the 3” opening that you left . Make sure to get the corners nice and squared.

how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to add belt loops and a belt to the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Press the belt nice and flat, and close up the gap with topstitching (like I show here), or an invisible hand stitch.

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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