Making a Cummerbund

Written by laura hageman
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A cummerbund is worn around the waist to accessorise a suit, generally for weddings. They are typically satin and a solid colour; however, sometimes it can add more class to the suit if a design or patterns are on the cummerbund.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Thread/needle
  • Pins
  • Satin fabric

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    How to make a cummerbund

  1. 1

    Take a measurement. Measure from one side across the front of the waist to the other. Cut a rectangle shape in the material, according to measurement. The width should be 5 inches.

  2. 2

    Fold over the top and bottom of the material by 1 inch and press with steamer. Stitch a quarter-inch from each end, along with the top and bottom. Cut a length of material according to a measurement taken around the rib cage. The width of the material is one-third of an inch. Feed the material through the stitching in order to tie it to the cummerbund.

  3. 3

    Make the pleats. Cut four pieces of material the same length of the rectangle and 1 1/8 inches wide. Cut one piece of material the same length but with a smaller width. The smaller pleat will go on top, while the others will need to be placed on the material in layers.

  4. 4

    Pin on the pleats at each end of the cummerbund. Then press the fabric. Remove pins and sew on the pleats.

  5. 5

    Tie the cummerbund. Make sure it fits and looks the way you want it.

Tips and warnings

  • Pleats of cummerbund typically face upward.

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