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Topic: Garter Belt, so easy and so sexy! *UPDATED Tute w Img (heavy)  (Read 27977 times)
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« on: January 14, 2008 03:51:37 AM »

I looked and I looked for a garter belt pattern around the web, but to no avail. So I had to do my own. I made sure to take photos along the way to post the tute.
This garter belt is all elastic, its super comfy and functional.
Here's the photos of the finished piece

This is the fabric I used, which I had purchased it at the 1.00 bin from WalMart, it was so pretty I bought a whole 10 yards with no real purpose other than it being pretty. Its very sheer, its a bit glittery long the designs ( had to tell on the pics).

I was wearing bulky sweats, and no I don't tuck my shirts in like that Smiley Just to show kinda how it looks.

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008 03:56:29 AM »

Forgot to mention, I messed up when I cut my fabric, I cut with the stretch of the fabric vertically instead of horizontally, I wasn't going to fit in it, so I added an extra piece of stretch lace along the back. It still looks good, but it would have looked  so much better if I'd done it right the first time.
This is the adjusted back

This is with it folded in (what it was supposed to look like)

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2008 04:17:41 AM »

Wow!  Tute please!!  Pretty please! With sugar on top! I'll be your best friend!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2008 04:51:16 AM »

Wonderful! Love the colour Kiss

I second the request for a tutorial! I would just love to make some funky garter belts.

Did you find it easy to find the fixings for the straps? I've never seen them in shops before..

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2008 05:32:13 AM »

This looks great!  I wanna go make a red one for Valentines day fun.

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2008 05:34:39 AM »

love it. I have recently gotteninto garter belts and such. I gotta learn how to do this

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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2008 07:57:15 AM »

Awesome!  I am always looking for pretty, sexy lingerie, but I haven't attempted to make any yet!  I'll have to try it.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008 07:59:13 AM »

Tute's ready!
Materials needed:
4 bra adjusters
4 garter belt tabs
Stretch lace
about 1/4 - 1/2 yard of fabric.

***NOTE***  I posted this tutorial for personal use, please do not used for profit weather it be the tutorial or finished product.***

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas post them on. I will be redoing it and making the whole matching ensamble.

 Depending on the elasticity of the fabric is how big your pattern is going to be. Measure your waist (or lower waist, depending on where you want it to sit) and hips, adjust this measurements to the elasticity by taking out a few inches of your final measurements. Because this garter belt holds its place only with the elasticity of fabric and waist elastic. A good idea is to take the same measurements from a pair of undies that fit just right.
If your garter belt turns out a bit smaller (as this one did) you can just add an extra piece of fabric or lace to the front or back.

Your basic design is going to be 2 triangles, where they meet will be the front and back.
1.- Tape two sheet of paper and trace out your triangle. I made mine 14 inches (I think it could've gone longer). The sides one is 10.5 inches and 8.5 inches.

These are the supplies you'll need, the waist I used the transparent elastic and with the hanging tabs I used the black elastic.

Once you have your triangle traced out, pin it onto your fabric (doubled). Feel free to use plenty of pins, as these thin fabrics tend to slip around alot.

When you cut make sure and leave seam allowance on top and top corners where the triangles are to be joined.

This is what you'll end up with:

Now you'll need to get your elastic lace. I upcycled from a pair of underwear that was too small. Anyways, I cut it and made two strip out of each panel.

Fabric and lace laid out:

Stitch the lace over the fabric with a zigzag stitch or if you have a serger, well, lucky you Smiley Anyways, I used the zig zag stitch to allow room to stretch, I also reinforced the stitches by running it twice through.

Don't sew over the lace-over-lace ends just yet.

Position the fabric so it sews straight down the middle of the lace:

When I got to the end, I just turned it around and sewed through to reinforce it:

You are left with these overlapping pieces, now you can cut them off and end up with a finished pointy piece.

Now we can add the elastic to the waist. I did this each panel individually. Don't ask me why, it just seemed easier. I folded the fabric over the elastic and with one hand held the fabric while also stretching (so it sewed it stretched)

I made sure not to cut the elastic and just used as I needed to sew, THEN, cut it off, don't want to end up with too small a piece of elastic.

Ok, after both panels have the elastic sewn and trims cut off, you can go ahead and join both triangle panels:

Ok, now its starting to look like a garter belt Smiley Where the panels meet are the front and back of your garter belt.

 Now is the time to try it on. If it is too loose, you can take in a bit, if its too small you can add an extra piece of fabric or lace.
I didn't pay attention to the elasticity of the fabric and was working with it vertically, so I pretty much ended up with a non stretch fabric. I added a rather large piece of doubled stretch lace to make up for it. IT still looks ok, but not exactly how I wanted it. I added the extra lace to the back.

Once you have the garter belt size all set, its time to add the elastic with tabs for the stockings. Put the garter belt on, and kinda get an idea of where you want to position the elastic, remember one goes on front and one on back. I purchased the garter belt tabs and bra strap adjusters at JoAnn's (sewing notions sections) I used the bra strap adjusters to give me more freedom to adjust as needed, I am sure you can just upcycle them from an old bra. The only tabs I found are white and metal (so generic) but they are removable, so I can always replace them once I find some nicer ones.

My machine wouldn't sew the elastic, it kept tangleling  it up, I didn't feel like tinkering with it so I sewed them by hand. I sewed the elastic on two spots, where the fabric and lace are sewn together and  also at the edge of the lace. This gives it more stability and it won't pull at just one spot.

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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2008 08:08:08 AM »

Thats so cool! Have you ever priced garter belts at say, Victoria's Secret? Rediculous!! Thank you for the tute!

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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2008 08:14:52 AM »

I've bought a few at Victoria's Secret, and boy are they pricey! I made this pattern based on one of them. I spent about 5-6 dollars tops on this one. Once you have your pattern made out you can recreate it and should take about 1/2 hour the second time around.

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