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« on: July 16, 2006 03:28:18 PM »

another project inspired by threads magazine - I really should subscribe at this point.

It is essentialy three panels.  The first is cut on the bias, to give it some stretch.  The other two, theoretically, should be cut on the bias also, but I didn't have enough fabric to do that and I kinda like the stiffness of the brocade when not cut on the bias, for the ties at least.  You sew ties to the middle, fold in half and sew shut, tapering down to the ends.  I think I did 4 1/2 inches in the middle and tapered down to two or so inches.

I have some peach colored chinese brocade that I want to make another out of, this time, more like the picture in the article. 

You can see a few pictures from the article here:  http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/th_126_029.asp#



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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2006 03:34:36 PM »

omg i really love it!! i was thinking of making a belt like that!
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2006 03:35:58 PM »

Wow, that's lovely execution of an awesome idea! Can you explain a little more about how you attached the ties, or maybe take a picture of the back? Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2006 03:42:52 PM »

oooh that's it, I'm making one too! I don't normally wear belts, but of course Threads makes them look so appealing, and now that I see it can be replicated easily my mind is made up.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2006 03:50:03 PM »

beautiful belt! and the fabric you used looks great, too!
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2006 03:51:43 PM »

Thanks.  I love it.  I'm going to make a ton of these.  they are very figure flattering!  And it takes less than an hour.

carolyn-rawr - carolyn is my name too!  Its destined for you to make one!

tzippurah, the belt is essentially a long tie or scarf.  The construction is just three rectangles sewn together.  All, or at the ver least, the middle rectangle, should be cut on the diagonal of your fabric for stretch.  When you fold you fabric over, inside out, to sew your seam, taper the ends so they are about half the size of the middle.  You can trim the excess off.

You wrap it like a karate belt - start in the front,

wrap it in the back

and tie int he front
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2006 03:58:33 PM »

I love this belt.  It is much more wearable than the other wide belts I see in the magazines these days. Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2006 04:21:54 PM »

I love this belt.  It is much more wearable than the other wide belts I see in the magazines these days. Great job!

I am very short - under five feet.  Wide belts usually make me look shorter and wider than i already am.  This is the only wide belt I've ever been happy with on my body.
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2006 04:53:50 PM »

That is awesome.
What kind of fabric did you use?
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2006 04:55:19 PM »

That is awesome.
What kind of fabric did you use?

I'm not 100% sure as I got it from my sisters Mother in Law.  I think its brocade and it's definitely decorator fabric - very heavy and thick, which is perfect for this type of belt.
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