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From: drapolonsky
Date: 11-20-2006, 08:55 PM (1 of 8)

I bought the above pattern when I was pregnant because I figured I'd be BIG BIG BIG. I made it in a heavy light blue linen and slashed the front entirely (linearly down the center line of the garment.) because I wanted to improvise tie closures, but haven't been able to locate another pattern that will guide me toward a tie closures and a finished garment. Any ideas?
I figured I would do a narrow hem where the center line of the garment was left and right, but can't seem to visualize a way to make/attach ties so that they are both functional and sightly. I am not opposed to some hand sewing ideas either, because the blouse is rather rustic.

If I can figure out how, I will post pictures of this UFO, that I put a lot of initial work into, and would like to see as a finished product.

User: drapolonsky
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 7
From: DorothyL
Date: 11-21-2006, 09:08 AM (2 of 8)
You can just put the ties on top of the front, but you have to cover the unsightly end. I have seen that done with fancy knots or buttons. I've seen it with a long end left to hang with a knot tied in the end. You could use all the same or a couple different finishes.
Or, If you are the conservative type, instead of folding the edge over like the hem you mentioned, make a narrow facing and sew the ties on before you put on the facing so they come out of the edge.
I'm sure you will get lots of ideas and better explanations.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Carol in ME
Date: 11-21-2006, 06:55 PM (3 of 8)
Can you make thin tubes of bias, and twist them into frogs that cover the untied ends?

Can the ends be covered by decorative buttons?
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: DorothyL
Date: 11-21-2006, 10:28 PM (4 of 8)
Frogs are good. I bet you could find directions on the web.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: weezie
Date: 11-23-2006, 06:31 PM (5 of 8)
I saw a beautiful poets shirt on a doctor last week that was a bit different. It was of a natural colored linen and had a set of pin tucks below the buttoned area which showed between his vest fronts. Awesome looking shirt but easy to sew.
User: weezie
Member since: 01-01-2002
Total posts: 34
From: Cathie.Tombs
Date: 12-13-2006, 05:46 PM (6 of 8)
Lots of good suggestions here. Though this was posted a little while ago, many of us have similar UFO's . I love poets' shirts, and the looser look is great for those of us who are especially endowed. I look to expensive RTW for some ideas too. I found one method where there was a narrow facing (could be folded edge), and hooks and eyes were used, so the two front pieces touched. Under was an sort of placket, which I felt was in the way, as I like breezy/simple. You could use narrow ribbon ties, and just fold under ends, sewing on "backwards", then topstitching, this being near center front. Must do some similar jobs myself, sounds very comfy, and pretty. Also the buttons on top of the ribbon ends, keeping the sewing down neater. Happy sewing!!!!!!
User: Cathie.Tombs
Member since: 08-27-2006
Total posts: 44
From: drapolonsky
Date: 12-25-2006, 05:19 PM (7 of 8)
Looks like I will have cause to finish up this shirt. It seems my girth will be enlarging shortly. I like the pintuck idea for later. I'll let you know how it turns out. Amy
User: drapolonsky
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 7
From: esrun3
Date: 12-26-2006, 09:19 PM (8 of 8)
Amy, if you are saying what I think you are saying, Congratulations!!!! Keep us posted.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
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