4 Belt Styles that are a Cinch to Make
by Joyce Murphy
from Threads #118, pp. 57-59
Buckled up, tied on, or slung low on the hips, belts do much more these days than just hold up pants. Once again a front-and-center accessory, a soft, decorative belt instantly updates a jacket, coat, or sweater, and also pairs beautifully with a dress.
|More on belts:
• One-Hour Wide Belt
• Video: Tie a Wide Belt Like a Pro
• How to Make a Striped Origami Belt
As much as I love how a belt completes an outfit, I more than appreciate that belts are so easy to make. Measuring your waist is the only fitting involved, and the sewing couldn't be more straightforward. In fact, if you have all the materials at hand, one of the four belt styles below could encircle you in less than an hour.
|For fashion at the waist, try a softly supported trench-style, webbing, ribbon, or fabric-covered belt (shown from left to right).|
There's a belt for every body. If you've never thought of yourself as a belt person, I urge you to reconsider. A belt helps break up the body and focuses the eye on certain parts of a figure-and away from areas you don't want to highlight. If you are long and lean, try a thick or chunky belt and sling it around your hips to interrupt your long lines. If you fall within the petite category, opt for a thin, dainty belt and fasten it around your waist. If you have curves, choose a simple style, and loosely fasten it; angle it to train the eye along a diagonal or vertical line-instead of a horizontal one.
Think outside the loops. A belt is a small accessory that can have a big impact. I've provided a variety of design ideas and ways to use the hardware and findings on the market, but I encourage you to use these as jumping-off points. As with any design project, it's always good to have a plan, but you must also be open to new possibilities. So, if an amazing buckle or a fabulous piece of ribbon crosses your path, let it set the stage for your belt design. And most importantly, have fun dreaming up and constructing your own unique designs. Anything goes.