In article 18 “Dress n.1 — making a dress little by little“, I have shown how to add a belt attached to the inside of the dress. An independent “external” belt could seem easier to make for the beginners but the visual effects are different.
Here, I have attached one loop only above the pocket (essentially because I was lazy).
The belt is made out of the same fabric as that of the dress, with some pink metallic thread.
This model is taken from page 6 and 10 of Massugu tenuide kantan kimono rimeiku.
The next dress has a white belt which clashes with the intricate design of the dress. The belt silk comes from the lining of the kimono. I lined up dress and belt with the pink metallic thread, and I love it!
Attaching two loops enables to tie my belt at the back, and tightens the waist discretely. All that creates a butterfly-effect I enjoy.
The loops are made out of the same design as that of the dress. So you barely notice them, even with the belt.
I have stitched two pieces of fabric of the same breadth as described in the article ‘Watch Strap‘.
On the upside of the dress, on either side, at the seam between the front and the back sides, I have folded the tips of the loops (0.5 cm) and stitched them.
To make the belt, I have sewn four pieces of fabric one after the other (the whole thing is more than 2 m long. The pieces are 9 cm large (1/4 of a kimono panel or 1/2 of small (18 cm) kimono panels). With the seam allowance (0.5 cm), there should remain 8 cm, so 4 cm per each side.
Once ironed, the inside marks of the belt are barely noticeable.
The dress has undergone quite a lot of transformations (adding of lined sleeves, creases on the top, belt and loops).
The basic pattern is available on page 38 of the book by Minako Hayama, Jitsubutsudai katagami kimono rimeiku bukku .