Introducing the Kitten Garter Belt!

The Kitten Garter Belt by Palm Patterns shown styled in leopard-print with black straps, next to a red lipstick and a gold rose

Stocking peelers, rejoice! The freshest pattern in the Palm collection is the Kitten Garter Belt, and it’s purrrrrrrrrfect to keep your stockings up (until you’re ready to roll them down).

The Kitten is a light- to medium-duty, four-strap garter belt. Its simple style lines make it an ideal base for adding your own custom embellishments to dress up or down.

Black and white close-up of the Kitten Garter Belt by Palm Patterns worn on a model

View A is finished with picot lingerie elastic and features detachable garter straps; View B features permanent garter straps and and a contrasting fold-over elastic binding.

Overhead view of the supplies needed to sew the Kitten Garter Belt pattern by Palm Patterns; silver garter hardware, grey fabric, grey thread, silver and black elastics, scattered crystals, sewing scissors

This pattern is rated Tart. It’s a comfortable project for intermediate sewists interested in refining lingerie techniques such as sewing with stretch and applying elastics and hardware, but may also be a fun challenge for adventurous beginners.

Back view of the Kitten Garter Belt worn by a model also wearing black sequinned briefs

I recommend stretch knits with good recovery, such as swimwear spandex, stretch velvet, spandex meshes, etc. The pattern is drafted with approximately 15% negative ease, so a 25-40% stretch (2.5-4 inches over 10) should be your sweet spot for achieving the intended fit and support. If your fabric stretches more or less, you may want to size up or down accordingly. If you need extra firm support for more demanding uses, adding powermesh as a lining or substituting it for your main fabric is a great way to boost your stocking-hoisting power.

The Kitten Garter Belt pattern by Palm Patterns laid out for cutting on lavender stretch velvet

Head on over to the Etsy shop for more specs and to pick up your copy of the pattern! Don’t forget to tag @palmpatterns and #kittengarter when you show off your gorgeous creations!