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need ideas for a belt

psc28 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Just finished making a faux side wrap dress in a matte jersery and would like to finish it off with a belt more interesting than the usual tie. Am thinking of something that has gathers perhaps.  Nothing too elaborate or complicated. Anyway can someone direct me to a resource. Thanks for any help.


  1. suesew | | #1

    Do you have access to any of Shirley Adams' books? She has one called Belt Bazaar with many ideas. Google it and you will get a few pictures.

  2. starzoe | | #2

    This is so simple I hesitate to send it to you. You spoke of gathers. A neat belt can be made by sewing a tube and inserting elastic. Make the tube as wide as you like and considerably longer than your waistline, dimensions really depend on the effect wanted and fabric.

    If you will look up scrunchies on the internet, the site will give you a good idea of the sort of technique to use. I can see a wide belt like this one someone with a neat waistline to show off.

    1. psc28 | | #3

      Perfect....just what I want ! Thinking that I can use snaps to fasten it on the side and then add something poufy as a little embellishment.

      Thanks again and I'll also take a look at the belt book.




      1. starzoe | | #4

        How about just making it round, like an elastic waistband so you can just step into it and pull it up to your waist? A lot less work, and you can put the embellishment anywhere and no one will know it is not a traditional "belt".

        1. psc28 | | #5

          Better Yet!

      2. Teaf5 | | #6

        The little "poufy" could be a fabric flower or rose, or you could have a really interesting belt buckle re-used from something else or even a pendant or large pin would work, as a continuous loop belt wouldn't need a functioning closure.

  3. GailAnn | | #7

    I once made a lovely belt that I used for several years.  Make 3 or 4 fabric tubes, several inches longer than needed.  Braid them together (4 makes a more complex, but rounder braid)  cut them to the length of your waist and sew the ends shut.  Then make some sash ties (as for an apron) and attach the sash ties to each end of the braid.

    Now the braided belt goes all around the waiste (except for about an inch) and the sash ties hold it together.  Sash can be tied to the front or back.  Gail

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