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Floreat Sewalong // How to sew the waist belt and separate belt

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For the first step in our Floreat sewalong, we are actually going to tackle a quick detail – the tie belt for the dress versions! The belt, of course, is optional. So if you are making a blouse or are choosing a loose, flowy, tie-less dress, you can skip this post.

I’ll actually be going over two options for your belt – inseam (attached to the center back seam) or a separate belt. Both are great, so it’s up to you which option you choose. With the attached ties – you never have to worry about losing a belt and it doesn’t move around! But having a separate belt allows you to change up your look – wear it loose and flowy sometimes and belted other times.

So which will you choose? Let’s get started and you can decide. They are slightly different methods of construction, so make sure you pay attention to the right one!

// INSEAM WAIST TIES //

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace two waist tie fabric pieces together with right sides together. Pin in place along all sides except the shorter straight end. 

Repeat with the other two tie pieces.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew around the three raw edges, pivoting at the corners, and leaving the short straight end open.

Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance if necessary.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Turn the ties the right way around through the open straight end.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Use a point turner or other tool to reshape the tie points. Press the two ties well.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Finish the raw edge of the  two short straight edges with your preferred method.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Place the two ties on top of each other, aligning the short straight ends. Sew together just under 5/8″ from the edge.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Finish the raw edges of the two center back pieces with your preferred method.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Place the ties on top of the right side of the right back piece, lining up the top of the ties with the notch on the center back.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Sew in place 5/8″ from the raw edge. Now its in place and you’re all set to stitch up the center back seam, which we will go over in the next post!

// SEPERATE WAIST TIE //

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Place two waist tie pieces together with right sides together.  Do the same with the other two pieces.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Line up the short straight edges on both sets. Pin in place.

Sew each one together 5/8″ from the raw edge.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Press the seams open.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Place the two, now long, belt pieces on top of each other with right sides together. Match up the center seams and all edges.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Sew together 5/8″ from the edge around the belt, pivoting at the corners, and leaving a 3 inch gap open.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Clip the corners.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Turn the belt the right way around through that 3 inch gap you left open in the stitches.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns Use a point turner or other tool to shape the point ends. Press the whole belt well.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsClose the gap in the belt by either topstitching close to the edge or hand stitching.

how to sew at the waist tie or separate belt on the Floreat dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsThat’s it! Now you have a separate belt that can be tied around your dress when you want to.

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About Author

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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