DIY Mei Tai Pattern – 13

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in mei tai pattern | 3 comments

  1. Pic 54 – See vertical side of hood, the pattern reverses if you cut the pieces out so that it would do that.

    Pic 54 see vertical side, it reverses

    Pic 54 see vertical side, it reverses

  2. Pic 55 – Now we are going to make an inside out sandwich, sew it, turn it right side out, and have a finished body of a mei tai, ready to attach to the waist. I will explain how to make the sandwich. First layer – Take the body piece that you completed earlier and lay it down, right side up, with the internal piece still buttoned to it. Second Layer – Lay the hood into it, right side up. Line up the pattern. If you want, you can stitch the hood on now, just to be sure it doesn’t slip around (there are a lot of layers here), but I just pinned it.

    Pic 55 Pin hood on top of body, be sure support piece is buttoned through

    Pic 55 Pin hood on top of body, be sure support piece is buttoned through

  3. Pic 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 – Third Layer – Pleat the wrap straps. The exact pleating doesn’t seem to matter. Mine are pleated to three inches wide. See the pictures to see how the padding goes. The picture shows the right side of the wrap when I look down it at while piecing it together. With the long wrap strap coming down towards the bottom of the picture, the padding is on top of the left side, and then the rest of the wrap is pleated over it.
    Pic 56 pleat wrap straps 1

    Pic 56 pleat wrap straps 1

    Pic 57 pleat wrap straps 2

    Pic 57 pleat wrap straps 2

    Pic 58 pleat wrap straps 3

    Pic 58 pleat wrap straps 3

    Pic 59 pleat wrap straps 4, see placement of how padding sits

    Pic 59 pleat wrap straps 4, see placement of how padding sits

    Pic 60 pleat wrap straps 5, see placement of how padding sits 2

    Pic 60 pleat wrap straps 5, see placement of how padding sits 2

  4. Pic 61 – This shows the wrap straps laid and pinned in place. Notice that four inches of the wrap strap for each strap hangs off over the edge of the body at the shoulder area. It looks crazy, but it is not.
    Pic 61 the wrap straps laid and pinned in place

    Pic 61 the wrap straps laid and pinned in place

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Lisa! I’m finally sewing something! Your tutorial is the best ever. Nonetheless, I have a question. Does the padding hang off the edge a little bit? I’m thinking not, but my padding covering ended up a bit skimpy and is only about an inch longer than the padding, and you have a curve on your pattern where the strap attaches, so I’d have to be pretty precise when I attach the straps to make sure I get the padding cover in the seam but not the padding. And probably I’d use a zipper foot.

    • Your padding might be thicker than what I used. I kept padding out of seams. I don’t remember if I had the shoulder strap padding cover actually in the seam or not at this point – I think I just butted them up against each other.

      • Thank you Lisa! I just did what worked, which was stitching through the padding a bit. I used felted wool sweaters for padding. They’re thick & cushy. Your tutorial is wonderful.

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