This dress design does not include a belt, but the View B illustration is styled with one, and I really like the look.
I love the idea of a belt added to a dropped waist silhouette. Since there was enough fabric leftovers, I decided to make myself one.
The neckline has a center front point which I decided was a good reason to use a centered point on the end of the belt (not my standard belt construction, but worth the extra time).
For this particular belt, I interfaced the fabric with a fusible, added a layer of thick interfacing (it was described as belting when I purchased it years ago, but is rather pliable), and wrapped the raw edges around one more layer of stabilization (it is called crinoline hovotex and says it is suitable for supporting skirts and why I purchased it, but in reality it is rather papery, and I think it would get bent out of shape rather easily in a skirt hem).
The two belt layers were then sandwiched together and stitched along the edges.
My original intention was to use the center front bodice piece as a guide for the belt width. But since I wanted to use a covered buckle, I was limited in my options.
This is one of three Prims Buckle Kits I picked up at Exclusive Buttons. This dress is absolutely worth the sacrifice of using one of these precious kits, but I always feel a tinge when I do. They are far superior to the kits currently made with an adhesive covering, and are rather difficult to find. Why, oh why, did they stop making these kits?! I would love to find some of the oval versions someday. Dritz/Prym Inc. still makes button kits with the teeth and back plate that snaps into place, so I am not sure why they stopped manufacturing these.
Turns out, the width of this particular belt buckle matches back perfectly with the center front bodice band. Which is fabulous! Now I just need to find a contact at Prym Inc. so I can harass them until they promise to start making these useful notions again!