My husband loves to match. He loves it when the whole family is wearing the same color scheme, pattern whatever - he says it makes us look like a cohesive group. Being just a family I guess doesn't do it.
It only bothers me when he asks 20 times in a row, "What are you wearing?" I don't know, and I won't know until I'm dressed. If you are like me there might be an outfit that you have in your head, but when you put it on that day it just isn't going to work out. SO, until I'm dressed, I really don't know what I'm wearing and just because I'm dressed doesn't mean that's the outfit that's leaving the house.
Anyways, we wanted to have a semi matching outfit for our family pictures. You can see them here.
I knew that I was going to wear my new retro gold dress and I bought a dress for my daughter that was layers of gold tulle, with a gold cardi. I also knew that Hubs had just purchased a vintage jacket in a nice matching brown color. I thought we were set, but Hubs wanted something that made him match us, for when he takes his jacket off. I wasn't too worried about it for the pictures because I didn't think he would have his jacket off for many of them, but it was for "other" times that we would wear this outfit, like the Christmas party. Where, in the end, he was told by an equally awesome guy that he, "Had a good look".
Suspenders are not easy to come by. We were at a store that had a large supply of parts, clips and back pieces along with the strong elastic and I thought, I can make a pair of suspenders to match our outfits. It my head there was a lot of sewing and measuring and I was about to scrap the idea until I saw this pretty ribbon.
Then it hit me, fusible webbing, decorative ribbon top, wider ribbon bottom and elastic for the back. This was going to work.
I took the decorative ribbon and ironed the fusible webbing to the back of it. I cut the webbing a little wider than the ribbon and covered the piece I was ironing with a piece of wax paper so the webbing won't stick to the iron. This made it so I didn't have to measure and worry about lining up things exact.
After the length of decorative ribbon was ready, about 3 yards, I trimmed the excess of the webbing off, peeled the backing off of the webbing and lined up the decorative webbing on top of the wider satin ribbon and ironed. I covered the ribbon with wax paper just incase there was any of the webbing that I didn't get a close trim on.
There is the majority of the work. Since I used ribbon there are no edges to hem or anything. What was left to do was attached the clips for the front, clips for the back and the cross piece in the back.
I measured Hubs from where his pants rest at the waist over the shoulder to the middle of the back. I cut two of that length for the front. I slipped the clip end on and folded over half an inch and stitched. I folded about 2 inches on the back cross piece and stitched.
The nice thing about these are they are made for him so they do not need to be adjustable!!!! For the back I had him hold the fronts in place over the shoulders and I measured the elastic from the cross bar to the back waistband. I gave it a little stretch then cut the pieces. I folded the elastic over the cross bar and stitched, then put the clips on.