Garter Belt Hardware Question

by Inkdork on November 8, 2011 · 18 comments

in Accessories,Lingerie

Okay ladies and gents! I’ve been wanting to make a garter belt for some time, and I have one I can use as a basic pattern, but running into one *teensy* problem. Where can I find the hardware for these? Hook & eye closure in the back is easy enough to find. I could even be lazy and use bra findings for that. But the actual clips that hold the stockings and the little pieces to make the straps adjustable in length? I have no idea. The adjustment hardware I could do without if need be, but not the clips.

I’ve checked Etsy.com and eBay. I’ve Googled it a number of different ways. The best I’ve found was a site linking to wholesalers- but I don’t need 100,000 of them as my minimum order, nor can afford the $2,000. or so it would cost me.

I’d really prefer to find a matched set, and not a handful of mismatched salvages from old clothing.

Thanks in advance! Looking forward to some direction here. :)

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Always Alice November 8, 2011 at 8:18 am

i was thinking you could either salvage a set from an old garter (goodwill or maybe a junky one from ebay) or what if you use very tiny hooks like they use on overalls. i bet they make a very small child size set. just had a thought, check online clearance from victoria secret or frederick’s of hollywood and buy an actual garter and take it apart….

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Inkdork November 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

Doh! I feel so silly right now! I’ll start checking thrift stores and see what I can find. I have noticed most newer ones use the plastic clips, which I don’t like. I’ve bought a few belts that used those, but it never fails that one breaks as soon as you try to use them.

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Kimberly November 8, 2011 at 8:51 am
Inkdork November 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

Kimberly! Thank you! This is exactly what I needed! You are awesome!

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Aurora Celeste November 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

I love corsetmaking, but their shipping can be kinda steep. For people not on the East Coast:

Canada – http://www.farthingales.on.ca/products.php?cat=findings

California – http://lacis.com/catalog/ (search for “garter”)

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Inkdork November 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks! I bookmarked that one too!

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Kimberly November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

lol i can’t believe i forgot farthingales! thanks for posting it!

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Amy November 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Aubrey Jean November 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Jessica November 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Steinlauf and Stoller here in NYC stocks garter clips. Also plush elastic, lingerie sliders and hooks, and everything else notion-related under the sun. Give them a call! Their clips are sturdy metal, reasonably priced and available (IIRC) in black and white.

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Jessica November 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

re: previous commenter, I actually recommend against using thrifted or vintage clips because the rubber in them can harden and degrade (with sun, heat, time …) and it can be heartbreaking to find that your clips just don’t hold up your stockings, or worst, let them drop at a terribly inopportune moment. You wanna feel CONFIDENT about your underthings.

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BJ November 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I happened to be at JoAnn’s yesterday and saw them there.

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Inkdork November 9, 2011 at 1:07 am

Wow! I wasn’t expecting such a great response to this! You guys are all amazing! Thank you all so much!

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anonymous November 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

My local dollar store has mattress cover straps that have lingerie clips on the ends–set of 8—cheap!

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Anonymous February 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Which dollar store. Dollar tree.

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Anonymous November 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

They sell them at my local Jo Ann Fabrics.

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wundermary November 25, 2011 at 1:36 am

Lacis http://lacis.com sells them, too.
And, lots of other interesting things!

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Jay May 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

There are several sites on-line selling garter straps and tabs. One is Alexis4u.com and there a number of sewing sites which have these also. They are not very expensive and for the most part the shipping is reasonable too.

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