I decided that I needed bespoke colored belts to go with my fun summer shoes. Because I couldn't really find these in stores, I decided to make them myself. As it turns out, it's not actually too hard to make these, although I may choose to use a different type of construction or closure on future belts for better performance (I think the belting may be too stiff for the silk, plus the D-rings create a good deal of wear).
|The red shoes|
Then I decided to finally wear my super awesome blue/orange shoes that I got a few months ago. However, the colors on their own are quite intense, so I wanted to make sure the look was well coordinated in my outfit. To keep the look simple, I wore the colors with my seersucker suit, so that the backdrop is mostly white, and therefore subtle against the bright colors.
|The blue shoes with orange trim|
|Silk tube in progress next to belting used as liner|
|I went over it again to make sure I stitched close enough in|
|Then I cut the excess|
|When the edge was cut off I used a zigzag stitch on the edge to prevent fraying|
|Then I turned it right side out|
|And stuffed it with the belting material|
|Adding zigzag stitch to edge to prevent fraying|
|Sewing completed, including hemming the ends|
|Time to turn it right side out|
Not pictured: once the cravat/ascot is right side out, it is necessary to steam it flat.
|The resulting outfit at the office [Photo credit: Sally]|
|And same outfit at the end of another day [Photo credit: my girlfriend]|