I have decided, Fashionable Reader, to do a series of blog posts on belts.
I have mixed relationship with this accessory, since I have a huge Rack but a small waist, cinching in anything remotely baggy makes me look short and top heavy, like Dolly Parton. It's not good. But leaving things loose and suddenly I'm 50 lbs heavier with no waist at all. This is why you will mostly see me in fitted dresses with belts. (And this is why I love corsets.)
Baggy versus fitted versus corseted
This ambivalence, however, doesn't stop me for buying belts and being fascinated by them. I have a collection of about 25 ranging from waist clinchers to skinny hipster, leather to metal, some for the hips, some for the waist. With a 10 inch difference only elastic belts can do double duty. In my defense, I did use to work for a leather company that made belts.
That said, belts are an important part of Sophronia's wardrobe in particular. Which is odd as in the 1850s belts were not all the common. The 1950s on the other hand!
|1950s sewing pattern illustrations via theniftyfifties tumblr|
Sophronia, however, always has to hang things off of belts. So I often seek inspiration from later on in history like the 1870s or 1890s ~ the luxury of writing steampunk.
Godeys 1872: July Belt Reticule & Oct 1872 Belt Parasol
|Matched Belt ~ 1908 The Victoria & Albert Museum|
|Sash Belt ~ 1910-1913 Evening Dress Georges Doeuillet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Swiss Waist ~ 1900 via vivelareine tumblr|
|1872 Godeys Sept 1872 Belt Bow|
|1872 Godeys Sept 1872 Bow Belt Skirt in Action|
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