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Olive Sewalong // Hack Idea – Back Ties Dress

Olive dress and top waist ties hack

Ok friends, now that we have gone over all the main construction of the Olive dress and blouse, I thought I would share a few hack ideas with you. To start today, I have a simple one – ties on the back waistline of the dress version. The gathered waist dress version of Olive is pull-over style, loose and flowy. But if you want to define your waist, adding ties in the back is an easier option than adding darts and a zip closure. I actually took this idea straight from Darling Ranges, so if you’ve ever made that dress, you may have done this before! You simple add ties to the back waistline, and then when you pull them in to tie them, it cinches in the waist.

Wanna see? Let me show you…

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsCut two rectangular pieces of fabric, 15″ x 3″. Fold each one in half with right sides facing each other, like above.

Sew 5/8″ along the long edge and one short end on each tie.

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTrim the seam allowance and clip the corners.

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn the ties the right way round and press.

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress the open short ends towards one side by about 1/2″ or so.

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsHow to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsAlong the back waist seam, measure in about 4″ inches from each side seam and mark.

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the ties centered on the seam of the dress, lining up that turned under short end with the mark you made.

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew the ties to the dress by sewing a square, and then an X through the square.

How to add back waist ties to the Olive dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLeave the ties hanging loose if you want the flowy dress look, or tie them up to cinch in your waist a bit!

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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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