How to make a sash for a wedding dress

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A sash added to a wedding dress adds a splash of colour and makes the dress more personal. Buying the sash in a shop is sometimes costly, especially when ordering a custom-made sash. Making the sash yourself is a relatively simple project, but it can add to the wedding dress and make the dress more beautiful. Before starting the project, it is important to determine the preferred style of wedding sash. There are several options, such as a short sash or a sash that trails to the ground or even trails behind the dress, which will alter the necessary amount of fabric.

Measure the waist. A wedding dress sash ties around the waist and either trails behind to the ground or forms a knot or bow at the back or side. The minimum measurement for the sash is measured to the waist with extra fabric for sewing and tying a knot, usually between 5 to 12.5 cm (2 to 5 inches) extra and often looking similar to a belt. If preferring to wrap the sash twice around the waist, the measurement doubles. For a long, trailing sash, the measurements usually range between 1.14 and 3.6 metres (1.25 and 4 yards) of fabric.

Determine the preferred width of the fabric. The width of a wedding sash is generally fairly wide. If the preferred final width of the sash is about 5 cm (2 inches), plan the width of the fabric for 11.3 cm (4.5 inches). The half inch extra fabric is for the seam. The width can range between 2.5 cm (1 inch) like a ribbon to as much as 25 cm (10 inches) as preferred.

Cut the fabric to the appropriate measurements. The measurements vary.

Fold the fabric in half so the inside of the sash is facing out and the outside is facing in. There are two options depending on the preferred end of the sash: cut the ends at a 45-degree upward angle toward the right or keep the edges squared at the end.

Pin the fabric closed. Pin all three sides that are open, but leave a gap of about 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) in the middle of the longest part. Allow 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) around the pins.

Put the fabric in the sewing machine, starting at the width on one side. Sew the side until about 1.3 cm or 6 mm (1/2 or 1/4 inch) from the edge of the long side. Slow the stitches slightly by lessening the pressure on the sewing machine foot petal and turn the fabric so the long side is feeding into the sewing machine. Sew the long side until reaching the point in the middle without the pins. Backstitch a few stitches and front stitch to the same point and then stop the stitches, lift the needle and remove the sash. Repeat the process on the other side.

Pull the sash through the hole in the middle of the long side. This turns the sash right-side out. Fold the edges of the hole so the fabric is even with the sewn fabric and pin it closed. Thread a needle and cut the thread at about 15 cm (6 inches). Tie a firm knot at the end of the thread and slip the needle between the two layers of fabric at the start of the hole. Hand-stitch the hole closed and tie the second knot so the thread is in the middle of the two layers of fabric. This will hide the area with the hole to make an invisible seam.

Tie the sash around the wedding dress at the waist. Depending on the preferred look, the sash will tie differently. It will either wrap once and tie in a knot or bow, wrap twice and tie in a knot or bow or bunch up while tying and form a knot or bow. The knot or bow ties in the back or to one side of the waist.

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