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Topic: sexy purple leopard and skull garter belt *WITH TUTORIAL*  (Read 52089 times)
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« on: February 07, 2009 03:34:38 PM »

Hi everyone!  I finally put together a tutorial for making your own garter belt (original thread was here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289593.0)

I made my garter belt using scraps left over from some t-shirt reconstructions (the skulls were a babydoll tee, the purple was part of an ugly 80s powersuit).  I got my suspenders from the thrift store.

What you need is:
    Fabric (scraps work well, I prefer knits but you can do a combo)
    Suspenders (or garter clips)
    Hook and Eye Tape (or bra closures)
    Fold-Over elastic (or edge binding, bias tape, picot elastic, whatever you want really)
    Decorations!! (this can be bows, appliqus, ribbon, whatever you want)
    Paper to make your pattern
    A garter belt or a pair of panties as a guide to make your pattern

1.    Trace your garter belt onto a piece of paper.  Smooth out your lines as needed and add seam allowance.  I decided to make mine paneled, so after tracing the garter belt I cut the pattern into 3 pieces and added seam allowance at that point.  Dont have a garter belt to trace?  Theres a great tutorial on punkrockdomestics.com for making a garter belt out of a pair of panties HERE: http://punkrockdomestics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=29001&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=garter+belt

2.   Once you have your pattern ready, cut out all of your pieces!  Make sure everything is on grain you want to make sure it stretches (if using a non-stretch material, I find it best that the non-stretch is used for the front and back, not the sides).

3.   Pin your pieces together, stitch, then serge.

4.   Next, topstitch your seam allowances to one side.  This keeps your seams strong, flat, and if you use contrast stitching it can be a nice design detail.

5.   Now the fun part!  Decorate!  Stitch on all the crap you want (be sure not to sew anything where the straps will be!).  I find it easier to add bows last.. so.. if you want bows you might want to wait.  For this garter belt, I decided to add neon lace to the seams, and some eyelet tape to the front panel.

6.   Next, we attach our hook and eye closure.  I like to serge the edge of the fabric, stitch the hook(or eye) tape to it, right sides together, fold seam allowance towards the garter belt, then topstitch.  I like to do this now because I will be covering the edges of the hook/eye tape with the fold-over elastic.

7.   Now, we finish our bottom edges!  I attach the fold over elastic with the lingerie stitch (the one on your machine that looks like a zig-zag but its made up of a bunch of smaller stitches).  Once your bottom edges are done, serge/finish the four points of the garter belt.

8.   Now its time to attach your straps!  Suspenders generally are only adjustable on one side, so I decided to make those my front straps.  To determine length, try on your garter belt, decide where you want to wear it, and measure from the top of the belt down to where you want your stockings to be.  I have my front straps at 11.5 and my back at 12.5.  Pin on your straps and stitch em on!

9.   Were almost done!  Now its time to finish the top edge of your garter belt.  I used the same fold-over elastic with the lingerie stitch, but this time I stretch it slightly as I sew it down so that there is more elasticity.

10.   Ta da!  Now add any final touches (I added a bow and a heart padlock) and youre good to go!

Id love to see pictures if anyone makes their own.  If for some reason any of these steps are confusing, let me know and Ill see if I can clear it up.

Here are some other garter belts I made recently:

Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009 04:35:21 PM »

Ahh wow this is awesome.
I love your fabric choices and details.
I've been wanting to make a garter belt, but wasn't able to get a hold of clips.
I never would have thought of suspenders though.
You rock!
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009 04:36:51 PM »

Holey Moley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm in love here. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2009 06:35:25 PM »

You are a goddess. Thanks for the tute. I will have to try it out sometime and post the results for you to see. These are really awesome.

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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009 06:40:19 PM »

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  They are rad and I can't wait to make one!

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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2009 09:51:17 PM »

hehe cute. i have that bitch fabric in hot pink!!  Kiss

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2009 11:59:31 PM »

WOWWWIE WOW WOWZERS! Really nice job on the tut!! impressive! Thank you Grin

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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2009 11:08:11 AM »

Nice tutorial, thank you for posting! I don't have a sewing machine that can do some of those stitches, but maybe I can try without them. Hmmm...I wonder if I have good fabric lying around for this.


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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2009 11:39:07 PM »

These are all really great!  Thank you muchly for the tutorial!

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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2009 05:44:52 AM »

so hot! love it~

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