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DIY Pocket Belts from 1949 and 1953

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Wondering how you'll carry your keys and such while out and about in your fancy pants outfit on New Year's Eve? If so — and if you are a lover of DIY — then look no further than these two books: Helen Crosier's Crochet & Tatting and other Needlework Crafts (1953) and Elizabeth Laird Mathieson's Needlework Library (1949).

From Helen Crosier, a double crochet evening belt done in neon white with pearl and sequin embellishments:

And from Elizabeth Laird Mathieson, the following felt belt allows you to show off your embroidery prowess:

I admit that I have not made these and am not sure if I could carry either of them off. As unlikely as it sounds, though, the pocket belt is a perennial fashion favorite. From Diesel Black Gold to Free People, there are lots of companies offering pocket belts out there. What do you think? Do these DIY pocket belt projects make you want one? Would a pocket belt, from the past or the present, be the hands-free way you'd like to carry around your money and keys?

PS: Speaking of what's in your pockets, government funds pay only a portion of the Library's operating expenses each year. We rely on our readers, our users, and our Library supporters to help make the difference. And you DO make a difference! Please remember NYPL in your end-of-year gift giving. See you in 2012!

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ELIZABETH LAIRD MATHIESON'S POCKET BELT ROCKS

While I agree that E.L.M.'s embroidered felt belt *would* be hard to pull off, even on New Year's Eve, it is certainly inspirational! Who knows? Maybe the designers at Diesel, Free People, et al. gleaned a little something from her Needlework Library.... I know I will! Thanks :)

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