One-hour Wide Beltcomments (2) March 31st, 2008
For tying together any look, I love to quickly stitch up a wide, obi-wrap belt. It's super-quick to sew, and since it takes so little fabric, it's a great way to use those pricey drop-dead-gorgeous fabrics you've been drooling over. This belt makes a smart choice for defining the waistline and lends drama to every look from a cocktail dress to a simple T-shirt and jeans.
What You'll Need:
1-1⁄4 yards of 45-inch-wide fabric, which makes a sash up to 100 inches long with a single seam in the middle; longer sashes require two seams
2-1⁄4 yards of Fusi-Knit fusible tricot
Step 1: Getting started
This 4-inch-wide by 86- to 100-inch-long obi is designed for a 30-inch waist or smaller. To accommodate a larger waist, just make it longer. Slant the ends to follow the bias grain, or square them off if desired.
Step 2: Piece the fabric
Start with bias strips 9 inches wide. Piece the strips together to achieve the necessary 86- to 100-inch length, plus seam allowances.
Step 3: Interface the fabric
Interface the fabric's wrong side. Cut the interfacing on the bias (on a 45-degree angle) to fit the fabric edge to edge. Piece together, if necessary, by butting the edges. Fuse in place.
Step 4: Fold the fabric
Fold in half lengthwise, and stitch the raw edges together. Leave a 1- to 2-inch opening for turning, as shown above. Stretch the fabric slightly as you sew to prevent the stitches from popping when you wrap the obi around your waist. Trim, turn, and press. Slipstitch the opening closed.
Step 5: How to tie
Center the seam at the front, and wrap the ends to the back.
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