Vintage Trim Belt Tutorial

One of the things I have a hard time resisting is buying beautiful vintage trims. I know you can buy some of them online and all, but there is a cute local shop called Harmony near where I live and they are the "go to" place to find such treasures. They have yarns, fabrics and many wonderful gift items (for your friends and yourself too!). Among them, the area I always check is the shelf filled with trims and ribbons.I was there the other day and picked some up again. I am sharing a tutorial on how I made a belt.
You Will NeedWide trim (Wrap around your waist and see how much you need. They don't need to overlap)Fabric (same size as your wide trim)two narrow trims (to tie a ribbon) about 18" to 20"
How to1. Cut the fabric to the same size as your wide trim. It will be the backing.
2. Insert the narrow trim in between the wide trim and fabric on both ends of the belt. Pin them to keep them in place.
3. Draw diagonal lines on both sides of the narrow trim as shown in the picture. Leaving a 3" to 4" opening in the middle of the belt for turning, sew all around it. I used a 1/8" seam.
4. Turn inside out. Press with iron.
5. Stitch the opening with slip stitch.
6. I folded the ends of the narrow trim twice and stitched them to prevent fraying.
Now, it is ready to wear! I was thinking about many possible combinations with my wardrobe, but this time I choose this dress. The belt adds unique flare to a rather simple dress.
I am planning on making some more vintage trim belts this summer. Do you have any favorite ways of using trim? What would you do with pretty wide trim?
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  • Leslie
    Leslie
    on Dec 31, 2020

    Very nice and if you made the dress well done. This is one of the few sewing tutorials that I have seen come out looking NOT home made. Thank you for sharing your idea. :)

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