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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby tattoogoddess » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:58 pm

lol it wont hold that much. Damn you lush! ;) lol
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby motskyroonmatick » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:29 pm

Ha ha! Ive been known to give away a beer or two. :) I've also been known to not and to go back to camp for a resupply!!! :P My hydration back pack holds a 6 pack plus water. It is awesome but not in a fashion sense. I take it off to dance. :?
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby MisaBlue » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:24 pm

I love the leather belt!

I can picture myself in only the ruffled panties, leather belt and the cool leather top Espressodude had let me try on this year...that would be my dream playa wear :)
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby EspressoDude » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:46 pm

MisaBlue wrote:I love the leather belt!

I can picture myself in only the ruffled panties, leather belt and the cool leather top Espressodude had let me try on this year...that would be my dream playa wear :)


Thats cuz you look so good in it...

for sewing leather you might try the Speedy Stitcher sewing awl. No prepunching required and goes through about 4 layers of 'motorcycle' leather.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Savannah » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:49 pm

EspressoDude wrote:
MisaBlue wrote:I love the leather belt!

I can picture myself in only the ruffled panties, leather belt and the cool leather top Espressodude had let me try on this year...that would be my dream playa wear :)


Thats cuz you look so good in it...

for sewing leather you might try the Speedy Stitcher sewing awl. No prepunching required and goes through about 4 layers of 'motorcycle' leather.


This is relevant to my interests. :)
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby ygmir » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:19 pm

MisaBlue wrote:I love the leather belt!

I can picture myself in only the ruffled panties, leather belt and the cool leather top Espressodude had let me try on this year...that would be my dream playa wear :)


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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Elorrum » Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:08 pm

EspressoDude wrote:for sewing leather you might try the Speedy Stitcher sewing awl. No prepunching required and goes through about 4 layers of 'motorcycle' leather.

I like the speedy stitcher, works well. I used it to sew together sheepskin for a hat and a footstool cover.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Sail Man » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:08 pm

MisaBlue wrote:I love the leather belt!

I can picture myself in only the ruffled panties, leather belt and the cool leather top Espressodude had let me try on this year...that would be my dream playa wear :)



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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby motskyroonmatick » Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:57 pm

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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:43 pm

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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby MyDearFriend » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:57 pm

He pinked right up, didn't he?

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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby BarShirley » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:23 am

What material works best for making belt bags?

I've got a few old pillow slips (cotton) and mesh from washing bags, thinking this will help with sweat and its light.
I'm going to make a few different sized pockets and line them. Would it be best to use zippers, buttons or velcro ?

My old festival bags have been hung up with my boots ;) and i just don't think they will make the trip.

Once I figure out what works I can get sewing and make a few extra's.

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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Savannah » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:47 am

I see a lot of leather, canvas, and nylon; some denim--but anything sturdy. Bought, made, or modified--a lot of folks cut existing clothes with pockets apart and reconfigure them, as you may have seen.

What you want to carry in the belt bag might make a difference in what fasteners you use. I had a leather belt bag made by a friend in which to carry my camera and supplies--because I carry most of my playa stuff in a backpack or a messenger bag, but I hate digging in it for my camera; wanting it more at the ready. So I had the leather belt bag made with two pockets, with flaps and swing clasps, so I could get into the pockets quickly, and decided to make removable, washable optional velvet liners for the inside. I can also use plastic bags to line.

If I had wanted to carry many small things securely in a belt bag, I might have opted for zippers under flaps (for looks; I don't care for exposed zippers unless they're kind of chunky and metal).
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby tamarakay » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:47 am

I used baby clothes that my grand daughter out grew. Sewed to old jeans that I rescued the waistband from. The little bloomers were my favorite lol
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby MisaBlue » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:33 am

tamarakay wrote:I used baby clothes that my grand daughter out grew. Sewed to old jeans that I rescued the waistband from. The little bloomers were my favorite lol


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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby tamarakay » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:25 am

I do! I'll post one when I get home tonight.
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Postby Elorrum » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:22 pm

here's another off the shelf option.
This is something called a half vest for holding shotgun shells I'd guess, and a back pocket for game.

I have one and don't often use the back pocket, but it would hold a jacket easily. side pockets are big, can hold a water bottle, or other gear. There are D-rings on the side for a cup and other 'ookables. I sewed some patches from previous years, and some plastic ornaments onto it.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby MisaBlue » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:30 pm

Elorrum! I like that a lot!
I wanted to make some belt/skirt and this is just perfect inspiration...even with the net parts...so I think that the net parts + leather instead of the cloth would be awesome...my new project!!! WEEEEEEEE
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Elorrum » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:58 pm

cool Misa! keep us posted on progress.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Herring » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:09 am

Cargo belts are cool, but how about a cargo sash?

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I got one of these for volunteering for another festival. It's basically like a messenger bag strap, but with no bag attached, just sweet pockets for swag and water bottles and such. I've been carrying my stuff all over the festival with no need for pockets on my clothes and it distributes the weight way better than a bag, plus it's so organized! I bet it wouldn't be too hard to make, especially with a removable strap as a base. Just sew or glue zipper and elastic pockets on it and you're good to go.

If you aren't crafty and you're curious, message me and I can give you info about the brand, I'm seriously trying hard not to sound like an advertisement but I kind of love this thing.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby jeskalgh » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:49 pm

I made a utility belt out of a pair of old khakis last year and its was awesome! Very light, not to bulky, and cost me almost nothing. It had a few D rings for hanging small things (small bathroom flashlight, hand sanitizer) 1 medium pocket that closed with a snap for various items and one pocket for my flask :D I am one of those people that puts things down and then forgets where I put them so I would definitely lose a backpack, with the belt everything is attached. I am going to make a new and improved one for this year, maybe I will do a step by step tutorial and share! I am not great at sewing but this project is so simple and its so much cooler to rock something you made yourself on the playa!
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby cpart » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:52 pm

Anyone know a good place to buy leather?
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby tattoogoddess » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:01 am

never realized I never posted the finish product. I think I may just use it more at night though as I have a camel bak to use during the day.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby knowmad » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:00 am

motskyroonmatick wrote:Cool! ...

Dancing with it on filled with 2 water bottles and 6 cans of beer is the way I would test it for playa worthiness. :D


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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Ratty » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:07 am

Sweeeeeeeet...Nice combination, the leather and floral. And big enough to be useful. Great job.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Drawingablank » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:36 am

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.

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I should have the pouches completed in a few days and will post pics of the completed belt when they are done.
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Savannah » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:13 pm

That's so creative, DrawingaBlank! And not a single other person on the playa will have your belt!

I note you've said you're using upholstery-quality velvet . . . I love upholstery fabrics for things that have to be useful or sturdy. In college we used upholstery fabrics for corsetry in mainstage productions sometimes. :)

What are you going to carry on the belt? How much weight does this have to support?
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Re: Belts, Belts, Belts

Postby Drawingablank » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:26 pm

I really don't know how much weight and it is kind of hard to plan how you will feel about these things until you're in the dust with it. It will really depend on how I end up using it on the playa which is one of the reasons I made the pouch system so flexible.

I have pouches that will hold everything I normally carry in my camelback mule, and if used that way it will be pretty heavy due to the water. Without water it would only need to hold a pound or two.

At the very least I will use it with just a few small pouches for ciggs and an altoid tin since none of my skirts has pockets.

Somehow I expect it to fall somewhere in the middle with the mule for water and less frequently used stuff, and a few pouches for stuff I don't like to have to dig around in the mule for all the time.
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