Alrightyy. So, lingerie can be pretty expensive so I decided to make a garter belt myself. I made this one all out of stuff I already had in my bedroom.
1 oldish v neck spaghetti strap shirt
4 old removable bra straps
needle and thread and/or sewing machine
and frilly elastic off of some old panties.
I don't have pics of all the steps because I decided to post it after I was already finished. But I started out by cutting the top of the spaghetti strap shirt off so I had just the connected to triangle peices. The shirt I used was from american eagle but I have alot of old shirts and new ones in this style from different places.
Next I cut the straps off of the shirt.
Then I sinched up the middle with a needle and thread so the point in the "V" of the v neck was touching the bottom of the shirt section I had cut off.
Then I sewed one bow on each of the points of the triangle peices of my piece of shirt, and one bow in the middle where the v point is.
My shirt already had lace on the front and part of the back, so I didnt have to add much. Some of these types of shirts have the lace on the triangle parts but not on the straight part. You can add lace where ever your particular shirt is lacking.
I added a strip of lace that I cut off of some old panties to the "top" (flip the shirt so the triangles are down, and it looks more like a garter belt) of the back of mine. Then I sewed a bow to the middle of that peice of lace.
Okay, now for the straps. Because I used old bra straps the pieces that will connect to the garter belt and stockings are more of hooks rather than traditional garter belt clips. This isn't too big of a problem.
All you have to do is sew a small peice of elastic, (other fabric may work too, I haven't tried it) onto the top of the inside of the front and back of your stockings (2 per stocking, 1 front and 1 back).
Then do the same on your garter belt, 2 on the back (1 near the left and 1 near the right) and 2 on the front (1 on the back of the tip of each triangle). Make sure your small elastic peices are sewn onto the stockings and garter belt VERTICALLY. Then the bra strap clips will hook right in easily, and then the straps are removable.
Now if you hook the straps onto the garter belt and they are too long (they go past where the tops of your stockings will be on you) then you can shorten them by cutting a correctly sized peice out and resewing it back together. It's easy to measure how long you will need the straps if you try the garter belt on with straps hooked into the garter belt and the stockings on.
Remember that bra straps are adjustable so you may not have to do any sewing of the straps at all, just adjust them. I had to cut and sew to shorten my 2 front garter belt straps but I just adjusted the straps on the back 2 and it fit fine.
I didn't on mine, but if you want you could also add a bow at the top of each of the back straps as well.
hope you like it (: it's easy to make!