Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sew Twists and Ties: Tutorials and Sew-a-longs

Are you considering joining and sewing up a garment for Sew Twists and Ties, but feel like you need a bit of extra support or guidance? If so, this post is for you!

I've rounded up a ton of fabulous resources for sewing twist, knot and tie garments. There are several sewalongs for patterns fitting the theme, as well as a wealth of tutorials, pattern hacks and drafting instructions if you want to modify an existing pattern to meet the Sew Twists and Ties challenge! 

I'm sure I haven't captured every resource out there, but there is so much here to help you along on your twist, knot and tie sewing adventures. Enjoy!


Scroll through these sewalongs for tips and tricks about sewing these fabulous patterns!

Cashmerette has a sewalong for her Cedar Dolman top, which works great as activewear or as a casual everyday top!

Megan Nielsen has a sewalong for the Jarrah, including a specific post on sewing up the tie hem version.

Jennifer Laurence Handmade has a full sewalong for her cute, summery Hunter Tank.

Brittany J. Jones has a fabulous Sew With Me video tutorial to help you through the tricky bits of McCall's 7429 twist dress, and one for the Simplicity 8601 tie blouse, too!

Measure Twice, Cut Once hosted a sewalong for the Named Beverly Twisted Bikini.

Tuesday Stitches has a super in-depth sewalong for the Nautilus Swimsuit.

Rad Patterns hosted a sewalong for their Knot Your Average Shirt and Dress, complete with video tutorials.

It's not a full sewalong, but Striped Swallow Designs has a video tutorial to walk you through the tricky part of the Harbor Knot pattern.

Pattern Hacks and Tutorials

Thinking about hacking an existing pattern from your stash to feature a tie detail or designing your own twist or tie garment? Try one of these pattern hacks or tutorials:

Melly Sews has several helpful pattern hack tutorials for twists and ties, including sewing a knot shirt and a tie back sundress!

Athina Kakou has a great tutorial on adding a tie front to her Sheona pattern, but it would also work for most t-shirt patterns.

Hey June has a tie sleeve hack tutorial that could work with any sleeved pattern.

Hey June also has a great tie front hack for any t-shirt pattern!

Kim Dave has a fabulous series of videos on drafting your own twist front dress pattern and then sewing it up.

Seamwork has a couple of hacks for its twist and tie patterns, the Lane dress and Sky jumpsuit, including a cool twisted waist version of the Lane, pictured above.

It's Always Autumn has a free pattern for a slouchy tie front sweater as well as a twist knot tee for your sewing pleasure.

So Sew Easy has a free pattern and a video sewalong for a twist front dress.