Today's post is the letter B, which made me think of Belts and Buttons in costuming.
Many eras and genres of costume make bold use of belts. Sometimes they are utilized as a means to secure weaponry and supplies. Legolas's held his daggers (presumably to make his hands more free to use his famed bow. ;)).
|(yes, please, and thank you!)|
(c) Newline Cinema
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Conversely, belts can be used strictly for decorative means. Just wander down to the textiles/fashion room of ANY major art museum. They can be fabric (scarf-like), beaded, or embroidered.
Check out this embroidered belt (circa 1912 costume design) in "The Music Man":
|I cannot flipping wait to make my own |
reproduction of her costume!!!
Here's a closeup of the embroidery:
B is also for buttons. While myself keeping things viewed through the lens of a British influence/era, I do currently reside in the Southeastern US. And nothing says "Southern Sewing Gentility" like a mason jar full of Grandmother's (and in this case, Great-Grandmother's!) buttons in the sewing room:
Last but not least, don't forget about these buttons for the Hobbit Dress! (Which, regrettably, has been put on hold until the Regency pieces get done!)