Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

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Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

This week I have a super simple hack to share with you – adding a waist tie to your Pona Jacket! I love this little added detail because it provides visual interest while also making it possible to cinch the waist at the back and/or tie the jacket closed.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie
Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

How to Sew a Waist Tie or Belt

Making this tie is easy – I used the pattern pieces from the Suki Robe pattern. I also made loops for my tie using a small piece of fabric. You can draft your own or use a different pattern piece if you like! Here are the measurements of my tie and loop pieces:

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

Once you have the pattern, it is time to cut the fabric out (ties are usually easy to squeeze in along the edge of the fabric when cutting, so you shouldn’t need extra).

Once cut, fold each tie in half lengthwise and sew along the short, angled side and most of the long side. Stop about 10″ (25 cm) from the end.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

Turn the ties right side out and press them flat. I drop a safety pin into the tie end, attach it by opening it through the fabric, and then pull the tie end out. You can also drop a point turner in there to get a nice pointed end.

Sew the remaining short ends of the ties together with right sides facing. Press seam open.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

Press the seam allowance in along the edge of the tie and pin closed.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

Topstitch all around the tie.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie
Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

Make a belt loop with a small piece of fabric. Fold it lengthwise with right sides together and sew it along the long edge. Turn right side out and press flat. Topstitch if you like.

If your fabric is thick, you can fold the fabric in toward the wrong side along both lengthwise edges and then again in the middle to enclose all the raw edges before topstitching.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

Cut your loops to the desired length and press the ends under. Sew them to your garment where you wish your belt to sit. I sew back and forth a few times here to create a strong anchor.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie
Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

That’s all there is to it! You can leave the ties dangling, tie them in the back, or tie your Pona closed in the front. I like mine dangling, pulling the back in slightly to create a more defined waist.

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie
Pona Jacket with Waist Tie
Pona Jacket with Waist Tie
Pona Jacket with Waist Tie

I used a gorgeous Tencel Jacquard from Blackbird Fabrics for this view A version. I LOVE this jacket and I can’t wait to layer it over literally everything this fall.

Let me know if you have any questions about this hack!

Pona Jacket with Waist Tie
About the author

Helen

Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

2 Comments on “Pona Jacket with Waist Tie”

  1. This would work with fitting /altering men’s shirts to be worn by women also!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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