I couldn't stop looking at the belt on this dress and had to copy it. I see these referred to as corset belts sometimes. I'd like to make another with smaller grommets, and more of them, so it really looks fairy tale/hobbity. It would be nice a little wider too, and laced up in back. Then I would need help getting dressed—which is always fun, however impractical. This wonderful print is vintage and hand silk-screened. I have been saving it for something special—like a belt, match handbag and
earrings. In a fit of insane matchiness, I also made earrings. I love matching accessories more than anything. Even though I don't normally wear them all at once, I like knowing I could.
The belt is 3 layers—the floral print, an interfacing in the middle (iron-on, I dislike the stuff, but this had to be stabilized) and then a light blue lining fabric on the back. I used a pre-made bias tape and sewed it on with the method shown in my "no swearing" video tutorial, and finished with the grommets which come with a little fastening tool, making them very easy to apply. (I get a huge thrill putting grommets in anything. Not sure why.) A little leather lace is threaded though the grommets to tie it up.
The handbag pattern I designed. I originally wanted to make an over-sized clutch, but I just couldn't get that 1980s, so the ladylike 1960s style won out. I used grommets and the leather tie on it as well, but these details are non-functional—the closure is actually a little magnetic thing-y on the inside. The white strap and the trim is the same bias tape I used on the belt.
The earrings are covered buttons with the shanks removed (easy to do with pliers) and glued to earring backs.
I feel more belts coming on. I have this notion of making a few lightweight linen dresses that are baggy and loose, (maybe they are nightgowns) and then I could just cinch them up with a belt like this, grab a matching handbag, and boom—dressed for the day! Okay, maybe I wouldn't really sleep in the dress, but I like the idea of a nightgown/dress fake-out with a belt/handbag as the secret transformer.