Low Back Olive Sewalong - Part 5 - Attaching the Optional Waist Ties

Alright, so we have gotten out bodice all put together. We have attached it to our pants (or shorts!) and can see the end of the tunnel for this project! We are nearly there- YAY!

Today, we are going to work on attaching our tie casing and threading our waist tie through it! Yet another step closer to achieving this wardrobe staple! Of course, you totally have the option to omit the tie casing if you'd like. The Olive can be super cute in that oversized-sort-of-fashion. Kind of like how I styled mine below (I just didn't tighten my ties!)


But, if you'd like the option of adding a tie to your jumpsuit, then meet me on page 38 of your instructions and we can jump right in to adding those!

28) With right sides together, sew one of the short ends of your waist ties together.

Press your seam open.

29) With right sides together, fold your waist tie in half, hot dog style (long ends together)- basically exactly how we put our straps together in Part 1.

Stitch 1/2” (1.3 cm) from the raw edge. Trim your seam in half.

Do you know how hard it is to photograph things with your non-dominant hand?


30) Turn your waist tie out using a safety pin or strap turner.

Press & then set it aside for a second while we tackle the tie casing.

31) With right sides together, go ahead and also sew one of the short ends of your tie casing together.

Press that seam open.

32) On the opposite short ends of your tie casing, finish your seam then iron it back by 1/2” (1.3 cm).

33) Topstitch this seam into place.

34) With wrong sides together, iron the long edges of your tie casing in by 1/2” (1.3 cm), the same as if you were making bias tape!


35) Matching up the CB seams, pin your tie casing on to your jumpsuit.

Make sure you are pinning it where your jumpsuit waist seam is centered underneath your tie casing.

FYI: When you get to the front of your jumpsuit, your casing should end approx. 3” (7.6 cm) away from your center front seam. This is totally ok! We need a place for the waist tie to come out and actually get tied when it is on our bodies!

If your waist tie is a bit long (as mine was since I cut it on the bias), feel free to cut it down until it's hitting you in just the right spot!

36) Edgestitch around the top and bottom edges of your tie casing.

37) Now you should be able to pull the waist tie through the waist tie cover using a safety pin.

Finish the ends of your ties off by either tying them in knots or turning them under and stitching.

I chose to tie a REALLY tight knot and then clip off my excess fabric.

Oh! And another quick tip: if you never want to worry about your waist tie getting lost inside the tie casing (as I am cure everyone has seen happen with hoodies and drawstring shorts), simply stitch in the ditch along the CB seam of your tie casing! That way, your ties never get pulled through AND whenever you tighten up your jumpsuit, it's evenly gathered on both sides!

WHOA! That was quite a task we just finished up together! I hope it wasn't too taxing. If so, take a nice long rest, grab some wine or a sweet treat and know that in just ONE DAY, your jumpsuit is going to be all done!

Tomorrow is our last day of sewing before we have a 100% completed jumpsuit! It's all about those Finishing Touches!

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