Back in the day, dresses often came with matching belts covered in the same fabric. What’s more, home dressmakers could buy kits for making their own belts to match every dress they sewed. When I first started sewing, these buckles were available in most fabric stores.
Unfortunately, this old fashioned touch has fallen out of favor and it seems these cover-your-own buckle kits are no longer being manufactured. I mourn the loss of the covered belt, and really wish they’d make these again.
But you can still find vintage ones! They are easy to use and come with their own little pattern and instructions on the back. Check out this pretty yellow silk-cotton voile dress I made recently, and tell me that the matching belt doesn’t add so much charm.