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How to Sew an Elegant Wide Belt

Photo: Jack Deutsch

For easy, one-hour style, try a "patternless" obi-inspired wrap. For centuries, the obi has cinched the waists of traditional kimonos. The bias-cut, wide belts developed by author Joyce Murphy -- one dressy, one tailored -- each take only about an hour to sew. If you're looking for a stylish obi to wear to the office, you will absolutely love this tailored rendition. To spruce up an evening ensemble, the dressy bow option is just the ticket. If you can't decide between the two, just go ahead and try one of each style.

From Threads #126

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