Sunday, December 22, 2013

How To Make A Two-Tone Sash

Photo by Radiance Photographics
Today I bring you a quick tutorial on how to add a delightful pop of color to any top or dress with a two-tone sash.  It's a super quick and easy way to add some interest to an outfit.  I first saw this done over at That's Sew Kari, her blog is definitely worth a visit if you haven't already.

The dress pictured above and the one I'll be using for this tutorial is the fantastic Peppermint Swirl dress by Candy Castle Patterns.  Absolutely LOVE this pattern, it has such a unique skirt portion and neckline, and despite how it appears, it is surprisingly easy to make!  To see more pictures of this stunning dress visit the website and the Facebook group.

Anyways, on with the tutorial.

After you've chosen the two fabrics you're going to use, you need to figure out what your new measurements will be.

First you need to take the width of the sash piece you're instructed to cut (usually a wider piece that you fold in half to get a skinnier sash) and divide that in half, then add a 1/4-1/2 inch seam allowance.  For example, if you're given a width of 5 inches, I'd change that to 3 inches. Cut out your sash pieces with the length instructed, and your new width, in each color.

The Peppermint Swirl calls for a center piece and then two tie pieces.  As you can see in the picture above, I've got each piece in both colors, giving me a total of six pieces instead of three.

If your sash requires multiple pieces like this one instead of one long piece, assemble each side separately (sew the white pieces together first, then the red pieces).

Now take the two pieces and sew them right sides together, leaving an opening for turning and topstitching. Turn, iron, and topstitch.  You can add a decorative top-stitch for even more eye-catching goodness.   Attach to the bodice as instructed, or leave it unattached for an awesome reversible sash.

 Told you it was easy!