You may remember the great 1960’s dress that I made for myself a few months ago and wrote about here. I loved the way it turned out when I finished it, but I thought that a belt would really finish it off just perfectly.
I found a great self fabric belt tutorial that gave me the confidence that I could make my own belt out of the (small amount!) of leftover fabric I still had. But I was a little stumped about what kind of buckle I would use. I was originally thinking just a plain silver buckle (which I wasn’t totally thrilled with), until I ran across an Etsy shop called Michelle’s Musings that makes the coolest fabric belt buckles out of your choice of fabric. All you need is a 4″x4″ scrap of fabric, and Michelle will make you a professional looking buckle. The fabric looks like it is pressed into the buckle somehow and it looks great! And there are no exposed raw fabric edges anywhere on the buckle.
I gathered my belt-making supplies (the buckle, my leftover fabric and some cotton belting):
and I finished the belt in a couple of hours. The tutorial I referenced is right in that a tube turner is very useful for turning out the fabric for the belt. And, it does take plenty of patience trying to slide the belting into the fabric – I used the stick part of the tube turner to facilitate this (a chopstick would work here too!).
I love how the belt turned out! I think it totally completes the dress.