Suspenders have come into fashion for women several times since the early 20th century. Often an accessory in men's wear-inspired ensembles, suspenders became a trendy women's accessory in the mid-1990s in outfits otherwise not inspired by men's wear. Fundamentally, there is no such thing as "women's suspenders" or "men's suspenders." Though suspenders may look different on women, that is due to the contoured shape of their torsos. Making suspenders is a straightforward sewing project as simple as the accessory itself.
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Things you need
- Metal ring, O or D-shaped
- 3 Suspender clips
- 3 yards Elastic
- Safety pins
Cut the elastic into three 1-foot long pieces.
Loop the end of one piece of elastic through the ring on a suspender clip. Pull the fabric through and bend 1/4 inch over the ring to meet the elastic on the other side.
Sew the 1/4-inch end in place. Sew back and forth two times so the stitching is secure. Suspenders pull and stretch; you want to ensure the stitching will not snap when you are wearing them.
Follow the same procedure on the two other pieces of elastic, so that all three sections have a suspender clips sewn at one end.
Take one piece of elastic and loop the bare end through a metal ring, folding a 1/4-inch section over the ring to touch the elastic on the other side. Sew it tightly to secure the stitching like you did when adding the clips.
Sew directly against the straight side of the ring, if you used a D-ring, to keep the ring secure when worn.
Clip the back piece and a front piece to your trousers where you will clip the finished suspenders. Clip the piece with the ring in the back. Pull that piece up your back. Run the bare end of the front strap through the ring. (You may need a friend to help you.)
Hold the unsewn elastic in place where you will need to sew it, and pin it in place with a safety pin. You may not need the full foot of elastic on the front straps -- this will allow you to see if you have slack that can be trimmed. The suspenders should be firmly in place, but not pulled so tight they break stitches or stress the clips.
Remove the clips from your trousers. Sew the front elastic piece in place, around the metal ring, where it was pinned. Trim any excess elastic just below the seam. Repeat the process with the second front piece. You do not need to try on the pieces again, just pin the second piece in the same place you pinned the first.
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