Hello Sew Much Ado fans (and of course my regular readers as well)! I am so happy that you are here today!
I was thrilled when Abby asked if I wanted to participate in her copy cat challenge. I’ve just been getting to know Abby better through emails these past couple of months, and she is so sweet. I love her blog, and have you seen her cutest doll pattern ever? So adorable!
In my search for something I wanted to try and re-create, I found this Anthropologie belt called Radiating Ruffles. Isn’t it pretty? A week ago, it was still available for purchase for $58.00. It is no longer available, and I am kind of bummed that I don’t have a picture of it on the model, but it sure looked pretty. You can still see the picture that is below, and the price here if you’d like to check it out (updated to add: it says it was $30.00 on that link, but last week it had the correct price on Anthro’s webpage which really was $58.00).
I do wish I had brought the lace further in towards the middle, but now you can learn from my mistake, right? The Anthro belt was made with a leather lace I believe. We’ll just use eyelet lace and dye it.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
-eyelet lace, enough to almost go around your entire waist—you can see that I used some that had the ruffles to either side. Mine is about 2” wide, and it was purchased at Joann. You could definitely use smaller or wider lace, and instead of getting the double edged kind like I did, you could get the one-sided edge kind and just meet them in the middle and sew together.
-single fold bias tape, same amount as lace
-skinny belt—I purchased mine at the thrift store for $1.00
-E6000 glue, or other strong glue
-tea bags or other dye—I actually used both
I just threw in the tea bags and dye into some salt water and let them dissolve a bit before adding the lace and single fold bias tape. Then I boiled them for about 5-10 minutes, threw it in the wash and let it dry.
Put your belt on and buckle it how you will be wearing it. Remember where you buckled it, because see the gold buckle below? That is my middle of the front and you want to know that is the middle so your lace isn’t off-center.
That’s it? Easy!
Thanks for letting me participate in your awesome challenge, Abby! I’ve had fun looking at the entries already and can’t wait to see more!