with or without a belt?

In the spirit of Make it, Wear it!, I share with you my first successful sewing project of the summer.  It is from simplicity 2593 pattern, option B. I had wanted to make it with the twisty neck piece, but I didn’t have enough fabric for that.

I used some fabric that I have had for at least a couple of years.It was nice to be able to finally cut into it.

I like it, but because I am a bit on the busty side, I feel a bit balloon-ish around the waist. So, I tried on a belt. I’m not really a belt kind of person, and this was actually the only belt I could find. Maybe it would be better with a brown belt, or something darker than the cream colored one. I don’t know.

Anyway, next up is a skirt.

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21 Responses to with or without a belt?

  1. a little elastic at the bottom of your bra line in the back perhaps? I have the same problems with shirts 🙂

  2. amy says:

    i like it better without the belt. that print is fantastic and the belt cuts it off visually.

  3. Megan D says:

    I like it without a belt but with a belt makes you look thinner (if you care about that sort of thing).

  4. Elisabeth says:

    Great work! I bet you will get a lot of milage out of that cute top. I say no belt, you look lovely either way.

  5. No belt, it just takes away from the shirt. I love that fabric. I made a two of dresses for my girls out of it a couple of years ago, when they stopped wearing the dresses I salvaged the fabric and have made several small thing out of it. It look great on you.

  6. Waist belt says:

    The belt is able to affect the body at its natural cellular level. Besides the fact of being able to more effectively target key areas the belt is able to expedite the metabolism and blood circulation within the body.

  7. Benita says:

    love the fabric!! i prefer it without a belt, but i think if you were going to wear one it would be ideal to get a burgandy/red one to match the flowers rather than cutting them in half.. but i don’t think you need one. I do agree with Malinda though.. but i love elastic!

  8. Without the belt! The fabric is gorgeous, and you look gorgeous in it- I’m ultra-busty (!!) and usually look heavily pregnant in unstructured tops, but that has a lovely line and shape. The neckline is perfect too- if it was any more complicated it would take away from the fabric. Wear and enjoy!!

  9. So cute! I like it without the belt.

  10. Becky says:

    I vote without. It doesn’t look overly huge on you, and with covers up the print! I’d only go with if you could find a skinny black belt that wouldn’t hide much of the print. Or do you have any pieces left that you could add some ties to cinch it at the back? That’s what I usually do, since clothes with little to no waist definition look awful and maternity-ish on me.

  11. Kate says:

    Wow – that is SO CUTE!

    If you don’t like how it looks belt-less, could you try it with a ribbon just under the bust? You could even find a nice wide ribbon and knot/bow it at the back.

    I think that part of the problem with the belt is that it covers/detracts from the print. If I were to wear this top belted, I’d try it with a super-wide one, maybe in brown leather. If you go belt shopping, why not wear the top and try belts on with it there in the store? That way you won’t waste money on a gamble (especially since you’re not a “belt person” anyway)? 🙂

  12. Linda says:

    No belt, and you look skinny both ways!

  13. Lisa L. says:

    I love the cream belt!

  14. mjb says:

    The belt covers up the awesome border print!

  15. Erin Leigh says:

    I love this both ways, but i agree the belt covers up the fabulous print. so cute. and you made it. all by yourself.

  16. Melanie says:

    I vote no belt – it cuts off the super-cute print. You could totally rock the belt with a plain shirt though, the silhouette looks great on you!

  17. Aunt Jenny says:

    I LOVE it! I think it looks great either way but the print does get covered up with the belt. GREAT job sista:)

  18. Amanda Pedro says:

    not a big belt, maybe a skinny string or one that is sewn in the sides and pulled back or tied in the from. The print is fabulous and I didn’t think it looked busty. But hey, you’re the one who has to wear it. :}

  19. Amanda Pedro says:

    I meant front, not from.

  20. My preference is No Belt. I love the design of the fabric and it gets broken up by the belt. Maybe a couple of tucks or pleats under the breast would put the shape back in?

  21. jenifer says:

    Im not usually a belt person, but it actually looks really cute with the belt.

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