Belt Up

Posted by SarahLinda, 25 Jun, 2014

With recession blues still lingering we don’t all have the budget to buy new clothes and while we lust over the latest fashion trends we’re well aware that our pockets don’t run that deep. I challenge you to get the look for less by customising and accessorising your old garments into new one-of-a-kind designs. All you need is a spare afternoon, a needle and thread and your old run-of-the-mill high street bargains. You certainly don’t need to be Gok Wan with a harem of seamstresses to turn everyday clothing into one-off show-stoppers fit for the catwalk! This waist belt will add a touch of luxury to a dress or top and doesn’t cost the earth to make. Cut a piece of wide ribbon to fit your waist – I used Little Venice Cake Company Sterling Silver Ribbon – with enough excess to tie a bow at the back. Choose your favourite jewels and beads and start designing! Check out Cousin’s large range of beads and components at a participating docrafts stockist. Create your own pattern or follow mine, and repeat motifs for a unified look. It’s great to mix a selection of colours, shapes and sizes but make sure you choose your colour palette first and pick the embellishments to suit. Once happy with your final design, simply sew the beads to the front of the belt then glue another length of ribbon to the reverse to hide the stitches. Why not try? 1 Dazzle with diamante - We all love a bit of sparkle even after the festive season. This look is often seen on bespoke bridal belts but you can make your own toned-down version with diamantes. 2 The Gatsby effect - Art Deco is back in the limelight and you can inject the look into your wardrobe with geometric jewels, feathers, glamorous satin ribbon and embellishments. 3 Historical cool - 2014 sees a trend in design influenced by royalty. Before you start channelling your inner Elizabeth l, think subtle with a few key embellishments and luxe velvet ribbon.

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