Wednesday, 23 April 2014

SEWN: BESPOKE BELT


Oh yes, yes I am. I am claiming this as a finished sewn project.

I know, I know. Whaaaaaaaat???? I know you guys are sitting there thinking Seriously Jillian? This is all you got? You are so letting down the rest of us out there working our fingers to the bone to present meaty, gorgeously complicated projects. 

But seriously, it is kind of cool. A bespoke belt! I am not an accessory girl and I have had the same one belt for literally 20 odd years. It was looking a little tired. I needed a new one, and I wanted it to fit me. So I got on the leatherwork bandwagon and there you have it.
I purchased the leather already dyed and cut to this width. All I needed to do was attach a fastener/buckle, cut the belt to my desired length and punch a hole to fasten the finished product.

I used a waxed linen thread to hand sew the buckle on. Hand sewing through leather this heavy was HARD. Ouch on the hands - I resorted to using pliers to pull the needles through.

But the best part???

Check it. One hole. That my friends, was a leap of hope. Would I get it right? Yes I did.

A belt just for me, just for wearing with my low slung jeans.

17 comments:

  1. That's gorgeous! Avid unique, I've never seen a belt with one hole before.

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  2. Wow, that is really impressive! I wouldn't know where to start making a belt. I love it!

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  3. Love the simplicity of it. where did you get the leather?

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  4. A one hole belt? Perfection!

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  5. Beautiful! Especially the one hole :D

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  6. Thank you! I like my accessories as un-fussy as possible - one hole suits me to a T and makes it clear it's just for me.

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  7. Jen it's really easy I swear! You should so try it.

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  8. Thanks Kirsty, simple accessories are definitely my thing. I got the leather at Birdsall Leather in Mascot. Oh my lord it is a treasure trove. Absolutely everything you would need for leatherwork from leather to finishes to fasteners and thread/needles. You would just die fondling the garment leathers. I am sooooo tempted :)

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  9. I'm starting a thing Kim, "the one hole belt brigade" :) It really is so simple!

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  10. Perfection it is Sarah! Buy a RTW belt and it's sized for you and every other person who may purchase it with its myriad of holes. This one? Just for me!

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  11. Oh you are awesome handstitching that thing. It looks great, especially with the one hole!

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  12. I LOVE THIS BELT! and it looks like I will be getting myself to Birdsall leather stat. I am aching for a buttery soft leather skirt. Spoolettes outing??

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  13. I'd love to join your club! Need to find some leather first though :)

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  14. Thanks Debbie. You actually use a little tool to punch the holes through which to sew, but let me tell you, heavy weight leather is not very forgiving. Give me a machine sewable leather anyday!

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  15. Oooooh Alex, I'd happily meet up with you there. Spoolettes indeed as I never seem to be able to make the other gatherings. Let me know if you'd like to meet up there, it must be about time for me to head back for some fondling. I can live vicariously through you and your buttery skirt

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