It’s time for one more Sheona hack and today we are going to show you how to sew a dress or top with sleeve ties. We always love the little details that make a garment extra special and the simplicity of this pattern allows for different additions like this to give it a different vibe.
Ready? Here’s what you’ll need:
-a piece of paper
-a straight ruler
-a pen or a pencil and a pair of scissors
-a sewing machine and/or overlocker and your basic sewing tools
For this hack, the only piece you’ll need to draft is the sleeve tie and this is extremely easy. The piece is essentially a narrow rectangle. For the width, we recommend making it around 10 cm (4″). The piece will be folded in half and after the seam allowances are subtracted, you will end with a tie that is approximately 3 cm (1,5″) wide. The length of the tie is pretty much personal preference and it depends on how long you want your sleeve ties to be. We made ours 72 cm (28,5″) long. Make sure you mark 2 notches in the middle.
Go ahead and cut the pattern pieces out of your fabric, as described in your Sheona dress booklet. For the ties you’ll need to cut 2 pieces. Sew the dress following the instructions, until you reach the step for hemming the sleeves. Now it’s time to cut out a portion of our sleeve to create a little hole. Don’t be scared! With your sleeve folded, cut out a elliptical shape, as seen in the photo below. Using one sleeve as a guide, cut out the same shape out of the second sleeve, so that they are identical.
Then, fold the raw edge to the inside, wrong sides together, by 1 cm (3/8″) and stitch it down using a wider zigzag stitch. Give it a very good press
Put the dress aside and let’s construct the ties. Take one tie piece and fold it lengthwise, right sides together, and give it a good press. Starting from the middle, sew all the way to one corner, pivot and sew to the other end. Then do the same for the opposite end BUT make sure you leave a gap of about 10 cm (4″) in the middle. This gap will be used to turn your sleeve tie sides out.
Snip off the corners carefully to avoid cutting into your stitches, trim off the seam allowance to reduce bulk and turn the tie inside out. Then hand stitch the gap to close it and give your tie a good press.
Lay the sleeve flat on the table and pin the sleeve tie to the sleeve hem. To position the sleeve tie evenly on the sleeve, you can fold in in half, mark the center fold and match this part to the sleeve seam. Stitch it in place with a zigzag stitch and give it a good press. Repeat for the other sleeve and you are done!
You have sewn a dress (or a top) with a unique little detail 🙂
We hope you liked this hack! If you try it, don’t forget to post your version on Instagram or our FB group so we can all admire it.