Yesterday I was spending my Sunday afternoon watching the fabulous film Marie Antoinette whilst enjoying a pink frosted cup cake. In the middle of the film I felt very inspired to create something new! I’ve been in love with this film for few years now-since it came out in 2006. I find the costumes incredibly beautiful and the whole film is very inspiring, not only the fashion but the history too. I recently had an order to make a female Rococo costume from 1750-1760’s so I’ve been doing a lot of research into that era. I already brushed up on the subject whilst studying historical costume design in Venice at Atelier Pietro Longi and learnt how to make the corset stays, panniers and the large decorative dresses.However yesterday I was only inspired to make something small, yet girly and colourful. Lately I’ve been studying old suspender belts and girdles from the 1950’s. I copied a pattern from a girdle I bought on a flea market many years ago. This girdle is very small and the date on it is from 1952. It has 8 bones, made from elastic and closes with a strip of hook and eyes to one side. The pattern I’ve made is somewhat different, as I’ve mixed it with a suspender belt.The main function of girdles and suspender belts are to hold up stockings. Girdles are usually larger and higher up on the stomach, unlike a suspender belt, which sits on the hips. The girdle is made with a reinforced strip in the centre front to give more support to the tummy. So in my design I’ve added the reinforced strip in the front and added two spiral bones to either side of it-which are in the pink bone channels on the front of the belt. I added 6 suspender attachments made from elastic and covered by the same fabric at the belt. The clasps are made of metal and covered by cute pink bows.
The belt is available to buy from my DaWanda shop from extra small to extra large. Please contact me for more information or check out the product here.