DIY bridal belt

Like I said in a recent post, my best friend in the universe recently got married, and I had the honor of contributing to her wedding day wardrobe.  She wanted a sparkly belt to go with her simple, but elegant dress, and I talked her into letting me make it (I think we both felt pretty nervous about it). 


The inspiration was J. Crew's Medallion jeweled sash.    


Megan liked the inspiration belt, but wanted one that was much thinner (only half an inch wide), a little less blingy, and that clasped in the back instead of tied.

In my version, I imitated that starburst cluster on a smaller scale with beads, and added in some smaller bead and crystal groupings.  For the closure, I sewed on two hooks and eyes.



It was a little stressful to make something that would be worn on such an important day, but a lot of fun, too (you know, when I could stop freaking out about whether she'd like it).  All that beading and handstitching went a lot faster than I expected, too, especially accompanied by some good tv (for this project, it was episodes of My So Called Life).  The Swarovski crystals were purchased at M&J Trimming and most of the beads came from Michaels.

And here is the lovely couple, on their wedding day:


It was such a wonderfully happy wedding!


(wedding photos by sweet Chelsea, who shared with me since I stupidly forgot my camera that day)

20 comments:

Palak said...

That belt looks amazing! what an honor to be able to make something for the brides wardrobe!

Christina said...

That is so beautiful! Good work. :D

Andrea said...

that is really beautiful. so pretty, and what an awesome touch.

Emily said...

really beautiful!! Well done, I'm super impressed with your beading skills!

Lizzie said...

Your friend looked wonderful! Lovely, lovely dress - but your little belt really did make it extra special.
And, you know what... she will maybe (probably) not keep her dress for ever - but I bet you she will keep that belt for always and always, especially because it was made with love, just for her, by a dear and clever friend. Well done!

Linda said...

Such a beautiful belt! So funny--I just visited a friend last night who had just finished a VERY SIMILAR bridal belt. Swarovski crystals and crystal beads on a white ribbon. I had never seen anything like it and then today...yours! So very beautiful...

kristin said...

Oh my gosh it's beautiful! Bridal stuff is such a ripoff, too - way overpriced for what you get. My mom made my wedding veil with just a couple bucks worth of tulle instead of the $150 the stores were charging. Crazy. Anyway, you being able to give her a gorgeous, handmade gift is so special. She was a stunning bride!

Charity said...

It's so very elegant. I'm not usually one for sparkly stuff but you made this belt look really good. =)

Chiemi said...

I never comment, but I just had to on this one. That belt is GORGEOUS.

becca said...

what a small world... now i don't even know how i found your blog, but have been following for a while now. I went to nursing school at BYU with Chelsea!! love her! too funny. maybe that is how i found your blog?? don't remember.

Erin said...

Prett! I remember Chelsea from BYU (is that right). I can't remember any other details though!

Katrina said...

You did a wonderful job. The belt was the perfect touch to the dress. You and your friend look like you could be sisters!

gifts said...

that belt is really beautiful and fascinating .

Humain Touch are often more difficult to produce but it still so beautiful than machine products and the proof is your product.

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

That is truly gorgeous and a definite labor of love! She's very blessed to have you for a friend, but you obviously feel the same about her to have been willing to do something like that!

Susie Q said...

Amazing belt!! Love it - very beautiful touch to the dress! I'm sure she will treasure it forever. Isn't that your friend you use to go bee-bopping through NYC with? Always wondered what happened to her!! :-)

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

it's gorgeous, Jill! So delicate and totally compliments her simple dress! I'd call this a success!

Amy said...

The belt looks amazing

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Aug. 11, 2012. Thanks again.

Brianna said...

That is a really pretty!!! :D My sister is getting married in December!

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