Formal Affair: Make a Fun Cummerbund & Bow Tie Set

You need: a favorite sewing pattern, great fabric, Dritz® belt and bow tie hardware.

‘Tis the season for all things formal! Take parties up a notch with accessories that are quirky and unique. Use our Dritz® belt and bow tie hardware sets with bold fabrics and your favorite sewing pattern to create stand-out pieces. Here are some tips for making formal attire packed with personality.    

DIY Cummerbund Belts & Bow Ties are Easy to Make with a McCalls Sewing Pattern and Dritz Belt and Tie Hardware

Here are the key materials we used:


Dritz Bow Tie Hardware for Making DIY Bow Ties

The Dritz® bow tie hardware set is clinch when it comes to making bow ties because it lets you make ties that are easy to put on and adjust. Each set contains three pieces; the set fits a 5/8″ strap and can be used for making bow ties for kids and adults.

Check out more bow tie goodness here.


Dritz Cummerbund Belt Hardware for Making DIY Cummerbund Belts for weddings, formals, prom, and party fun!

The Dritz® cummerbund buckle set is pretty handy, too. You’ll want to use it to make sure that your cummerbund belt fits nice and snug. The set contains two pieces: an interlocking buckle and slide adjuster, and fits 1-1/8″ straps.


Make Your Own DIY Cummerbund Belt & Bow Tie Sets

We used both of the hardware sets, plus a McCall’s® sewing pattern and fabrics from Timeless Treasures to make our accessories. 

We did adjust this particular sewing pattern slightly to accommodate the belt buckle. Here are some construction tips:


An Omnigrid Ruler & Rotary Cutter for Cutting Fabric

While the pattern called for making the back strap from elastic, we really wanted to use this fun fabric for the entire belt. Plus, the buckle hardware really functions best with fabric straps. 

To make this adjustment to the belt, cut two 3″ x 8-1/2″ fabric strips.


Cummerbund Belt Sewing Project in Progress

Fold the straps lengthwise, with the right sides together. Stitch the long edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance.


Cummerbund Belt Sewing Project in Progress

Without turning straps right side out, finger press the seams open and roll the strap so the seam is centered. Stitch across one short end of each strap. For directional prints, be sure to stitch the opposite ends of each strap. Trim corners.


Use a Dritz Quick Turn Sewing Tool To Turn Fabric

Using a quick turn fabric turning tool, turn straps right side out and push out corners. Press flat.


Cummerbund Belt Making in Progress

Position straps on cummerbund in place of elastic. Attach cummerbund buckle set as described in pattern instructions.


Make a DIY Cummerbund & Bow Tie Set

Are you ready to party? We give this set a big thumbs up!


Make a DIY Cummerbund & Bow Tie Set

The best tip we can offer is choose a fun fabric that really reflects your personality and style. We just loved all the novelty prints from Timeless Treasures, perfect for sports fans, techies and musicians alike. 


Make a DIY Cummerbund & Bow Tie Set

We couldn’t make just one set!


Make a DIY Cummerbund & Bow Tie Set

So there you have it! We hope you found our tips helpful for making your own DIY cummerbund belt & bow tie sets.

To summarize: use hardware that provides fit and function, grab your favorite pattern, and pick some super cool fabric.

You are now the hit of the party!

What are your tips for making fab formal wear? Leave us a comment and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

 

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