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Rowan Hack : Cinched Side Seams

how to hack cinched side seams on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

One more Rowan tee hack coming at ya today, and I think this one may be my favorite. It’s a cinched side tie hack! Cute, right?! Adjust the length of your tee with just the pull of a few strings.

Juat a couple quick pattern adjustments and then we can get right to making it!

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

First, I shortended by front and back bodices by 2″.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Next, we need to add some more seam allowance to the side seams on both the front and back bodice. The seam allowance on Rowan is 1/4″, and we need it to be 3/4″ at the side seams only (still 1/4″ everywhere else).

So place some paper underneath your pattern, and add an extra 1/2″ at the side seams. Cut out along the new lines.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now let’s sew.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

I know this seems weird, but the first step will actually be to hem both the front and back bodice separately, following the typical hemming instructions. Don’t forget you can check out the sewalong post on hemming if you need help.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now sew your shoulder seams and neckband (any of the neckline options work), following the instructions. Again, don’t forget there are sewalong posts to help with these steps!

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Next, with right sides together, sew your side seams together 3/4″ from the raw edge. Use either a zig zag stitch or other stretch stitch. Do not use a serger here.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Press each side seam open.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Top stitch along the raw edges of the seam allowance, attaching each side of the seam allowance to the bodice.

You can use either a zig zag stitch, or even a longer straight stitch here.

This creates the channels for the ties to go through.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Here is what you will see from the right side.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Cut four strips of fabric 1 1/2″ wide and 20″ long.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Fold each strip in half lengthwise, with right sides together.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew along the long edge 1/4″ from the raw edge, using a zig zag or other stretch stitch.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

trim back the seam allowance.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Using a loop turner or other tool, turn the tie right side out.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Do this for each of the four ties.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Attach a safety pin to the end of one of the ties.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Insert the tie withe the safety pin into one of the side seam channels, starting at the hem.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Work the safety pin up the channel…

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

until it comes out the top of the channel at the armhole.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Pin it in place for now.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Repeat for the other side of the channel on the same side seam with another tie.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Pin the second tie in place at the armhole.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Stitch across, 1/4″ from the raw edge, to secure.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Repeat with the other two ties on the other side seam.

You can finish the ends of the ties however you would like. With knits, I usually just tie them in little knots on the end.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now we can attach the sleeves. Fold one sleeve in half with right sides together.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew along the seam 1/4″ from the raw edge using a zig zag stitch or serger.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

With your bodice inside out, and your sleeve right side out, place your sleeve inside your bodice – right sides together.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Line up the raw edges of the sleeve cap with the raw edges of the armhole. Match up the seam of the sleeve with the side seam, and the notch on the sleeve cap with the shoulder seam. Pin in place.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew 1/4″ from the raw edge using a zig zag stitch or serger.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Repeat fro the other sleeve.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Here is what we have!

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

To cinch the side seams, just pull on the two ties and scrunch them up.

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Adjust to your liking, and tie them in little bows to finish it off!

how to hack cinched side seam ties on the Rowan tee and bodysuit by Megan Nielsen Patterns

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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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Susan
Susan
10 months ago

Thanks so much for the clear instructions, however, the measurement for cutting the ties doesn’t seem correct at 1/4″ by 20″. Looking at the strips lying on your mat, I’m guessing 1 1/2″ by 20″ but difficult to judge on the diagonal??

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Meg
10 months ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan! Thank you so much for picking up on that typo! You are correct the strips should be 1 1/2″ wide :)