Permanently attaching the Waist Tie to the Shift Dress at the back waist will keep the gathers looking perfect and prevent the tie from slipping around. Plus you'll never lose the tie!
Below on the left you'll see how the back of the dress looks as intended in the pattern you purchased. Below on the right you'll see how the back of the dress will look with the Waist Tie attached. There's a little waistband piece between the two sides of the Waist Tie.
Complete the steps in this tutorial before you begin the sewing instructions in the pattern booklet. After completing the tutorial, start at the beginning of the sewing instructions in the booklet but skip the last page, which shows how to sew an unattached Waist Tie.
1. DRAFT WAISTBAND
The Waist Tie pattern piece is already included in the Shift pattern, but you'll have to draft a separate Waistband piece to sew the 2 Waist Tie pieces to.
Waistband dimensions: 2 5/8" tall x 8" wide. This includes 3/8" seam allowance and is the same for all sizes.
Cut 1 Back Waistband from fabric.
2. MARK WAISTBAND PLACEMENT ON DRESS BACK
On Dress Back pattern piece, draw a line straight down from the notch at the top. Make sure the line is parallel to the center back line. Measure 9 1/4" down from the top and make a mark on the pattern piece. Make a second mark 1 3/4" down from the first mark. This is the same for all sizes. After cutting piece out of fabric, transfer these marks to the fabric.
3. SEW GATHERING STITCHES AT BACK WAIST
Use a disappearing ink pen to draw two horizontal lines connecting Waistband placement marks on Dress Back fabric. Set machine to longest stitch length and sew two horizontal rows of gathering stitches along these lines, leaving the threads long. Set machine's stitch length back to the normal setting.
4. SEW WAIST TIES
Fold Waist Tie in half lengthwise with RIGHT sides together and press. Pin edges together. Sew with 3/8" seam allowance, starting at one short end, pivoting at corner, and then sewing across length. Leave one short end open. Repeat for second Waist Tie.
Press seam allowance toward one side. Turn Waist Tie RIGHT side out through the open end. Make sure corners are neat and press flat. Repeat for second Waist Tie.
Topstitch around the 3 closed sides of Waist Tie 1/4" from edge. Repeat for second Waist Tie.
5. ATTACH WAIST TIES TO WAISTBAND
Fold the long edges of the Back Waistband piece 3/8" to the WRONG side and press flat.
With Back Waistband RIGHT side up, pin open side of Waist Tie to short end of Back Waistband. Sew with 3/8" seam allowance. Repeat for second Waist Tie and other side of Back Waistband.
Press seam allowance toward Back Waistband.
6. SEW WAIST TIE TO DRESS BACK
With Back Waistband RIGHT side up, pin the 4 corners to the 4 marks on Dress Back (also RIGHT side up). Pull the threads between the marks to gather Dress Back until the Back Waistband fits. Tie threads. Pin Back Waistband in place. Edgestitch around all 4 sides of Back Waistband, adjusting gathers as you go. Remove gathering threads.