- Shirt: Target
- Sweater: thrifted
- Skirt: Banana Republic
- Ribbon Belt: by me!
- Stockings: Calvin Klein via Filene’s Basement
- Shoes: Tahari via DSW
Belts were my gateway drug into the world of style. I so envied the sleek/stylish/fun/creative belts that the other Chics wore, that I finally drank the Kool-Aid and got some for myself… and I’ve never looked back. I have pink belts, custom made belts, wide belts, skinny belts, obi belts, stretchy belts, scarf belts, metallic belts, and belts that are literally made out of metal. I have worn belts to define my waist, turn a dress into a skirt, and add color to an outfit, and I keep looking for new inspirations for using my growing collection. Needless to say, I love belts and today’s is no exception. In fact my entire outfit is based off of the colors in the belt. Pink, pale blue, gold and cream are picked up in my shirt, sweater, and shoes – unfortunately I did have to wear sheer stockings today because my brain couldn’t figure out a pair of tights that would work – Do you have some suggestions!?
I dug this fantastic vintage ribbon out of a box of sewing equipage that was my grandmother’s and have been meaning to do something with it for a while now. It is so fabulous with the bright pinks and greens, subtle blue, tiny gold detailing and stuffed (yes, with real batting!) damask flowers and butterflies that I knew I wanted it to mostly stand on its own, and making it into a belt was as easy as 1-2-3!
Click “more” for the DIY of How to Make A Ribbon Belt with Button Closure
Ok, seriously, this is super simple, and again, I’m sure someone else has done a tutorial about this as well, as I’m certainly not inventing the wheel with this one. Also, for a no-sew ribbon belt look at A.’s post here.
- Wide Ribbon – check out thrift stores or vintage shops for old ribbon or swing by your local fabric or craft store to see what they have. A great solid color could work too if no patterned ones are jumping out at you. The trick is to get ribbon that is stiff enough on its own that it will not end up curling into a tube around your waist. It needs to lie flat even when pulled a little at the ends.
- Skinny Ribbon
- Measuring Tape
- Needle and Thread
- 1 large-ish button
Measure around your waist – make sure you are measuring right where you want to wear the belt because at least in this version it’s not adjustable. (I’d love to hear how people have made this type of belt adjustable too! Again, my brain is struggling right now.)
Measure the wide ribbon and cut 3-inches shorter than your waist measurement, but with enough ends to fold over and sew down to make a clean edge.
Measure out the skinny ribbon to complete the full waist measurement – one end needs to make a loop and the other is a doubled over piece that has the button sewn onto the end. Make sure that your button is big enough to catch in the loop and that your loop is folded in such a way as to hold the button facing out rather than flipping it down (you’ll see what I mean when you try)
And that’s it! Enjoy your home-made ribbon belt!