Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sew Sunday: The Reversible Obi




I've had this idea floating in the woodwork for a long time. I have been extremely lazy with following through on it, though. I finally got the bug to start on it, made up a pattern based off the general obi shape. I started with two thrifted pairs of printed pants of similar weight and fabric. Two incredible prints. I only had one leg left of the pink because I had already started to use the fabric for buttonflowers, so I couldn't go as long as I wanted to. I also didn't have a single piece of black jersey or cotton or anything I'd be willing to sacrifice.


Facing a major set back on that count, I decided to grab the leftover green bits from the tunic I cut up and
added those as lengthening fabric to tie. It was a perfect contrast color to both prints. The construction is a bit stodgy as I am still not. quite. there. when it comes to sewing on my machine. But it's the most wearable thing I've ever made from scratch. With more patience and practice, I know I can get better.

I can definitely see making more of these to add to the shop stock this summer if there is interest. They'd probably run a little more expensive (~$20) than the tie-obis as they do take more time to make, but they'll run you double duty since they're reversible! Let me know what you think!


Also fwiw, there are seven made up obi belts in the shop right now, with a couple more ready to be made. Unless I get any requests or donations, I probably won't have anything new up until summer.

PS, yes - Saturday was SANDAL WEATHER!!!

18 comments:

  1. Love love love the reversible obi! Perfect it soon because I want one!

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  2. How cute! And clever. You have a future ahead of you, young lady...

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  3. Nicely done! I remember those fabulous orangey pants, long live the print! I would so love to find a pair of trouser jeans just like those, and am totally eyeing up your sandals.

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  4. Yes, I think I'll be adding a reversible to my obi collection this summer : > Hooray for sandal weather!

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  5. What a great idea, and I love the contrasting color of the ties. I thought about doing something similar, but, like you, I've been lazy about executing it. I do have some perfect fabric to use, so I'd better do it before my sister wants her sewing machine back. Thanks for the inspirational idea (which I'm going to steal!!).

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  6. Ooooooh Megan! I really love the reversible obi belt! What a great idea!

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  7. The obi is fabulous! I love the colours and prints you chose.

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  8. Love the new obi! The prints are fabulous! (Makes me sad that I won't be seeing those awesome watermelon pants though.)

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  9. Totally cool. Love the combination of colors/prints in the obi. Your sandals are much better than mine. Had on black flip flops today. Must do better. :-)

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  10. Seriously. Best idea ever. Really makes a big deal outfit of your trouser jeans and a tee. Completely in love with the contrasting colors. Looks so right-this-very-minute, and I'm always a pushover for Asian references. Smarty pants!

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  11. A reversable obi is a fantastic idea!! I love all the colors in this obi too, it looks so fun. I'm anxious to see what else you'll make with this new concept!

    JEALOUS of your sandals. Four inches of snow here today.

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  12. These are too cool for words! I love it that you paired the reversible obi with a T shirt--I wear T shirts with belts too. Glad you finally got some sandal-worthy weather.

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  13. BRILLIANT idea Megan--loads of possibilities there!!!
    Looks adorable with your tshirt and SANDALS!!1 I am so jealous as my feet are freezing in tights, socks and boots today!

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  14. That is AMAZING. I would be thrilled to find something like that in a shop, and would gladly buy the right one.

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  15. I've got ties to send you, including the beautiful fish one.

    You know I gotta have me one of these double wides, so PLEASE let me know when you get more fabric :) I'm sending you some skirts - if you don't like them, they'd be excellent fabric sources.

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  16. Ahh, that is so cool! I love especially how the pink/turquoise looks against the grey. I'd wear that in a heartbeat!

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  17. That belt is incredible. So beautiful!

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