Edited to add another version. The construction is the same as the review below. Oval shaped buckle is wrapped with a scrap piece of black knit. Belt strap covering is a black shirting with pinstripe fabric from Michael Levine's loft. Belt backing from Towa fabrics. Eyelets are size 00. Black pinstriped belt
This review is for a skinny belt. After the successful completion of my first belt Wide fushia belt I was hooked. This is my second belt I made but the first without a kit so I thought I warranted it own review.
I ended up buying a lot of 150+ buckles off eBay for $30 which included shipping. It as a steal but its just the buckle. The first belt that I had made came with a pre-cut double sided piece of adhesive. To draft a pattern for these buckles I put the top/outer buckle piece facing up on a sheet of paper. I traced around it, all around and inside. I took my little metal gauge ruler with the slidey thing and measured the thickness of the buckle. I doubled that measurement and added to the outside of the traced pattern. So this extra fabric is what will wrap over the buckle to the back. I also had to the section inside the buckle so that portion will wrap to the inside also. Hopefully this picture will make more sense. Adhesive pattern
Were the instructions easy to follow?
These did not come with any instructions but it's the same as other self fabric belts. I washed my buckles first with vinegar and water. They are decades old and have decades of gunk on them. Then you cut out the double adhesive with the pattern you made. I used Sealah sheets but Peel 'n Stick also makes these. You stick it to the fabric wrong side. Unpeel the other side and stick it to the buckle. The belt strap is a turned tube of fabric with belt backing inside. Since this was so narrow, I didn't use a prong and eyelet hole. The thickness is enough to hold it in place. You can also sew snaps to the side if you want it secure in a particular spot.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Well I made several mistakes with the straps. I used a stretchy fabric which is very difficult to push the belt backing in. With the wider belt I had just gently folded/pressed the backing together and slipped it in and then flattened it. With a skinny belt you can't do that. Turning something this small with the thicker denim was also a pain. In the future I would pick a stable fabric and give it a little more room. To get the backing in I ended up using my metal gauge ruler with the slidey part removed. I had it stabilizing the backing as I used rubber thimbles to push the fabric down the backing. It was a long process.
Green slightly stretchy denim from Michael Levine's loft. It's the same fabric I used in version 1 of Simplicity 2451 but in green. I love it for the skirt but not as much for the belt. The belt loop holder thing I used left over ribbon from my puppy making days. The ribbon reads love joy cherish. It's a fun addition that no one will know about except me and the PRers, of course.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Umm yes because I have 30 more to these. So unless I want a belt buckle stash I'll have to make one in every color combination. Yes, I would recommend it to others. Belts are pretty easy to make. This one I didn't even worry about the eyelets.
I've been trying to work this belt into my wardrobe. I don't quite have the right outfit for it but that's what more sewing is for.