My extremely over engineered utility belt has just a few more pouches left to sew up, but the belt portion is complete. I love the way it is turning out, but the number of hours and amount of money I've put into this is absurd.
The original concept was a utility belt that would adapt to any shape / size in its range and be as comfy on bare skin as it is over clothing. The back laces together and the front has 2 buckles to accomodate larger hips if needed. The inside is lined with ultra soft 100% cotton flannel, the outer and pouches are crushed velvet upholstery fabric chosen both for appearance and relative stiffness (reducing the belts tendency to roll and making the pouches hold their shape better). The wider width was chosen to distrubute the load better. The front of the belt overlaps under the buckles to keep the leather and metal off bare skin.
The pouches, hooks, clips, etc... were designed to be modular. All components have heavy duty snaps at 2 inch spacing allowing a wide choice of positioning as well as quck changes between day and night pouches.
I should have the pouches completed in a few days and will post pics of the completed belt when they are done.
Savannah: I don't know what it is, but no thread here escapes alive. You'll get 1 or 2 real answers at minimum, occasionally 10 or 12, and then we flog it until it's unrecognizable and you can't get your deposit back. Yet Another Crappy Birgin Guide