Gemma is a simple tie belt, featuring rounded edges and a gap in the middle to showcase the bow closure at centre front.
Originally, this belt was designed to go with the April dress, one of our paid designs (shown in the photos). But the Gemma tie belt is such a simple, versatile design that we decided to make it available for free.
You will find Gemma an easy and quick sew. Make Gemma in the same fashion fabric as your garment, or play around with contrast colours.
You can also play around with extra techniques if you are feeling adventurous, such as adding piping, gathers, or playing around with grainlines to achieve different effects.
What you get:
This product is a digital download and includes a printable PDF of the pattern in A4/US Letter size (for printing at home).
Included with the pattern is a fully illustrated instruction booklet with step by step directions to achieving sewing success.
- Your PDF files are layered! You can choose to print only the sizes you need.
- This is a great pattern for beginners to learn from, with thorough diagrams and explanations throughout. Learn how to sew thin ties, turn out rounded curves, and achieve a lovely finish with all seams enclosed inside.
- Gemma will cinch the waist of all your favourite dresses, and is designed to pair perfectly with the April dress. Buy the April dress here.
Find all the extra inspiration and info on sewing this pattern at our Gemma page.
Gemma is designed for light to medium weight non-stretch wovens. Choose fabrics with a stable weave. Cotton chambray, cotton voile, linen, and stable viscose/rayon are all ideal.
Sizes 28 to 40: 0.9m (1 yard) of lightweight woven fusible interfacing.
Sizes 42 to 52: 1.2m (1.3 yards) of lightweight woven fusible interfacing.
The tie belt can either be cut on the straight grain or crossgrain (see chart below). You may wish to cut on the crossgrain either to save fabric, or if you are using a directional print. If you do change the grainline of the tie belt, keep the interfacing cut on the original grainline; this will keep the tie belt from stretching out of shape.
Gemma is a great pattern for beginners. Each step of the way you will be guided by thorough illustrations and explanations, making this a great pattern for learning along the way. Choose a medium-weight, stable woven fabric for the easiest sewing experience.
Available in sizes 28 - 52.
Our model wears a size 34.
See our sizing page for our sizing charts and additional information.