It's great with a cardigan:
|You try looking natural while trying to hide your camera remote.|
|Ah, the pocket! A perfect place to stash the remote!|
But of course I had to add pockets. I just did a simple in-seam pocket, using a method like this one from BurdaStyle.
When I was about to add the elastic waistline, I realized that I planned to always belt this dress. And I wanted options. Sometimes a wide belt, maybe a skinny one; belt it higher on some days than others. So I decided to skip the elastic waistline and just always use a belt to define the waist. That way I don't have to worry about the belt slipping off and exposing the elastic seams. Leaving out the waistline eliminates the "most flattering" aspect of this dress, that's for sure--I won't ever be skipping the belt. Another issue is that without the gathered waistline, you have to be careful to "gather" evenly yourself when adjusting your belt--the fabric can easily bunch under there. I actually did go back and narrow the waist area a bit once I decided to skip the elastic shirring, which helps with the bunching some.
|Most Unflattering Tent Dress|
I'll do a tutorial on this belt soon--I had some scrap velvet from the hubby's grandma's stash, so I made a simple D-ring belt, but I put the d-rings in the back and tuck the tail end to the inside. That way I can slip various decorations on the front.
I started with this bow, and I also made a cluster of fabric flowers, but I'm not quite happy with the way it lays yet. Once I've figured out some cute variations I'll post a belt tutorial, but in the meantime, I incorporated some of the ideas I found in these belt tutorials:
DIY Bow Belt from Momtastic
Bow Belt Tutorial from Dana's Fashion Blog (this one's in German, but between the photos and the Google Translate feature, I think I got the idea)
I can't wait to make more fun belts! Oh, and on that subject, I have a question I've been meaning to ask.
Is this allowed?
|Pardon the messy closet, we hadn't built any shelves/hanging rods into it yet.|
Oh, and as long as I'm throwing my belting questions out there--what do you do if you're belting over a cardigan, but you're also wearing pants that require a belt? I fully wore two belts the other day. Out in public. Only one was visible, but still--I kept feeling like I was going to get caught.
So now you know my belting faux-pas. I'm pretty sure there's a belting learning curve, but I'm getting better at it!