Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DIY Bridesmaid Sashes


Success if finally mine!  I have completed all 3 of my bridesmaids sashes - guess you could call them bridesmaid belts, but I think sashes sounds better  :)

The 3 sashes I made were of lengths 132", 110" and 88" inches long roughly dependent on the size of each dress.  I envision that they will wrap the sash around their waist and knot or pin it so that there is no "tail" or bow.

The fabric I chose was taffeta.  It was really the only fabric I could find at Joann Fabrics that came in the 3 colors that were close to the groom's men tux colors.  The bridal party look I am going for is a grey dress with red, orange or yellow sash.  I refer you to my amazing powerpoint markup  ;)

The bridesmaid dress I ended up going with (for the long story click here) is an Alfred Angelo dress.
This should accommodate a sash nicely around the waist  :)
I chose the taffeta sash fabric to match with the pocket squares of the groom's men

All you need for this endeavour is a yard of fabric, matching thread, sewing machine, iron and a fabric cutting board.

First, get that iron turned on medium heat and filled with water.  Use a damp towel  (thinner the better) as a layer between the iron and taffeta.

Iron away!

I highly recommend getting a Fabric Cutting Set.  You don't know what you're missing  ;)

Use this to cut two to three 9" strips.  The amount will depend on the bridesmaid.  
Here is my math: 
Red Bridesmaid = 3 Strips = 132"
Orange Bridesmaid = 2 Strips = 88"
Yellow Bridesmaid = 2.5 Strips = 110" (this tutorial covers the "yellow" bridesmaid)

As for the 9" - I get that from a 3/4" seam on each side and a finished belt size of 3 3/4" in width.

Cutting 9" across...

And what we end up with for our yellow sash is 2 full size pieces and one half.

Get the sewing machine out and ready - we are going to sew together the 3 pieces on their short ends.

Line up the short ends - we want the half-sized piece in between the two full sized ones.

Sew them "wrong sides" together (it was really hard to tell which side was 'right' with this fabric..)

And what you end up with will be something like this.

Next, fold the entire thing in half length-wise wrong-side out.  Press it together and run your nail down the new seam.  DO NOT iron it this way - at least not if you are using taffeta.  My first sash - the red one - did not turn out pretty because I had ironed it wrong side out, and when I flipped it right side out, the seam did not want to "reinvert" itself.  I ended up ironing it flat before ironing it right side out at the expense of having two lines on the front and back of the sash which cannot be completely ironed out... lesson learned...  :(

Once it is folded in half, get your fabric cutting board out again to create a diagonal on each side of the sash.


I chose to have the diagonals lie the same way on each side - which makes them look inverted when it is folded together like so.

Now to the fun part - seeing it all come together!  I like to mark with pencil, 3/4" in from the side.  This is especially helpful at the ends.


And most importantly - leave a space to flip the sash right side out.  I mark it so that I don't get too excited about sewing and forget to leave a space.

Begin sewing!

Don't forget to leave a break.  The neat thing about this is that I didn't have to sew the hole closed after inverting the sash.  The ironing of the fabric was enough to make it completely unnoticable.

After you sew the 3/4" perimeter, your sash should look like this.

I cut some of the excess fabric off in the ends so that the corner will fold out better.  The left corner has been cut, where the right has not been cut yet.

Flip er inside out through that hole you left in the middle.

And then iron it flat - again with the towel in between.

Now you have a beautiful bridesmaid sash!  Or 3  :)




After all the time I spent on them, they got their own photo shoot.  The kitchen table and laundry room aren't the most magnificent....but in a month they will get their proper debut in the wedding!!   :D


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