I just spent some time this morning stitchining belt loops to my new dress and just thought I'd quickly share the technique here because it's a nice way to be able to adapt an item of clothing and make it suitable for wearing with belts. Belts are a fun way to dress up an outfit or to create different looks. And these belt loops are very subtle, so you can still wear the dress without a belt too!
|1. Thread a double strand of cotton onto a needle and knot and the end. You will need more thread than you think, so cut a generous length at this point.|
|2. Mark where you want the belt loops to begin and end, above and below the side seam, with two pins.|
|3. On the underside of the top marking, take two small backstitches, then pass the needle through to the front of the garment.|
|4. Bring the needle down to the bottom marking, allowing for some extra slack so that the belt loop isn't tight against the fabric. Sew a few of these loops (I did it 4 times) and each time allow the same amount of slack.|
|5. Blanket stitch over the loop you created, pulling the stitches tight against each other. (This is why you needed to cut a long length of thread in step 1)|
|6. To finish, secure the thread with two backstitches on the wrong side.|