How To Cinch A Dress Garment Without Sewing

Cinch clips are popular and the best items when it comes to tightening a shirt. They look pretty similar to modern-day suspenders. Many people view these cinch clips as their smaller version of the suspenders. 

The primary purpose of these clips is to make the garments fit better. When you clip it to the clothing, it will cinch easily on the waistline of a loose pant as a replacement for the belt. 

Otherwise, you can use these clips to hold onto the top area of your cardigan. It can also extend the band size and stands out as the best option to tighten your dress at the waistline. 

They come in beautiful designs, and some of them carry colorful stones and various other things. But how exactly can you make a cinch dress garment clip? Well, there are several steps, which you have to follow. For more information, go through this article. 

How To Cinch A Dress Garment Without Sewing?

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To make a cinch dress garment without sewing, you will require some high-quality cinch clips for the jobs. These cinch clips stand out as the best replacement for sewing as you need to clip it in an open area.

Typically, you can use cinch clips on the garment’s waistline to make it tighter to fit you perfectly. You will come across cinch/dress clips made from a stretchy belt and have hooks on both ends.

They are pretty affordable, and you will have no issues finding them. Why? Well, because they are available both in the physical and online stores. Apart from that, the price of these clips is pretty affordable and will go perfectly with your budget. 

You do not require extra knowledge or skills when it comes to cinching a dress garment. You need to follow several steps to making a cinched dress, and the steps are not that complicated. 

Want to know what these steps are? Check out the look at the information provided below.

Step 1

Firstly, you do NOT need a stretchy clip to make your dress tighter. You can only use the stretchy one if you like the appearance of the clip. But it will not change the clip’s functionality. 

Even though the stretchy ones look juvenile, you are still free to use them if you want to enhance the appearance of your dress. Also, you can use any flexible cinch clip. 

Step 2

Begin your work by placing the middle of the cinch clip right in the middle of the garment itself. Remember, the garment center is your spin area. So, you mark the vertical [Up & Down] center of the clothing with a marker. 

After that, you must also make a mark on the horizontal line, which is your waist area. 

Step 3

Now, you have to put the clip’s center on the midline, which runs from upwards to downwards and fasten each clip for 2.5 inches. 

Once you do so, you will find that there is not much of a gathering between the ends of the two clips and doesn’t take up too much of the garment. You will also find that the cinch clip is sagging a garment because it didn’t pull out the garment. 

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Step 4

Now, you have to move the ends of the clip and fasten around 4 inches at the right side of the mid-line and another 4 inches at the left side. 

You will now see that the garment is gathered right between the clips, and it’s pulled in a lot more than before. This will enable you to see some shape on the garment. 

Step 5

You have to move out the ends of the clip for 6 inches for each of the sides. Once you do so, you will notice the amount of material that has been gathered between the ends of the two clips. The garment will look more in shape because it has been pulled in much more than before. 

Step 6

You have to move the ends of the clip all the round to the seam’s end. Even though it might not appear great on the clothing, it will appear great on some garments. 

Remember, the shape and size of a cinch or dress clip will not help determine the type of shape you can provide to your garment. The garment’s shape will depend heavily on how far you place the ends of the clip from the midline. This will enable you to obtain the final shape of your garment. 

The Benefits Of Using Dress Or Cinch Clip

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With these beautiful dress/cinch clips, you can easily transform all your garments and make them appear as if they were tailored to fit your curves. This stands out as one of the biggest benefits you will ever receive.

When you have these clips beside you, there is no need for you to spend extra cash on custom-tailoring. You need to fold up the garment and pull it backward. 

The decorative clip will not just hold your dress garment in place but will also add a touch of elegance to your overall appearance. You can also try and clip it from the insides of your garment. This will help in hiding away the plastic band and make sure clothing looks neat and beautiful. 

Also, using these clips instead of sewing will not cause any discomfort. You can freely make movements, and the chances of opening or becoming loose will be pretty low. 

Back To The Past: Brief History On Cinch/Dress Clips

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The cinch or dress clips carry a rich history. They received their prominence way back in the 1920s. People used to wear them in pairs. They were mainly placed on the opposite sides of the neckline or a dress’s strap. But when the classic brooches came into the picture in the 1950s, the clips fell out of favor.

But post-World War I, the cinch clips began to appear again. Fashion completely transformed both jewelry and clothing as everyone was recovering from the damages of the Great War. 

After that, the cinch or dress clip established itself as a must-have accessory. But during World War II and the Great Depression, people became captivated when they found Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo wearing those beautiful cinch/dress clips.  This helped in inspiring many individuals. 

Where To Find Cinch Clips?

To obtain these unique vintage-style accessories, you can easily find them everywhere. eBay and Etsy or the flea market are some of the best places to find dress clips. 

If you attend jewelry auctions, you can also find some beautiful and unique pieces of dress clips available. Otherwise, you can also contact a well-known costume jewelry manufacturer who can provide you one for $20 to $30.

Difference Between The Classic Brooches & Cinch Clips

During the old days, the cinch/dress clips used to come in pairs. They were worn separately, as they were placed on the neckline of the dress. But they were also worn together. 

The pairs of the dress clips had a backside that helped secure the two halves together, which gradually transforms into one single piece. But when you compare a brooch with a dress clip, you will find a massive difference.

It’s because you can wear the dress clips either separately or together. After all, they come in pairs. But the brooch is just one big single accessory. The cinch/dress clips appeared during the Art Deco period. But the brooches have a much longer history dating way back to the Ancient Egyptian era. 

Types Of Cinch/Dress Clips Available

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Louis Cartier invented the double dress clips, and later, the style got adopted by many fashion houses. Currently, there are so many beautiful clips available in the market. They are:

Trifari Clips: The Trifari Clips were made by the brand Trifari, a reputed costume jewelry brand. The clips were ideal for furs and dresses and stood out to be pretty stylish and versatile. 

Plastic Dress Clips: During the 20th century, Lucite, Bakelite, and various other materials were vogue. This enabled designers to create colorful accessories, which includes the plastic dress/clips as well.

What Type Of Dress Clips Are Available Today?

There are many kinds of dress/cinch clips available in today’s market. You already know about some of them, as you will find mentioned in this article. 

But some come with rhinestones and other beautiful shades and designs. You will come across clips that have both modern and classic touches. Some of the clips carry a much more contemporary look, and others still have that vintage glow in them. 

Can I Custom Make The Clips?

In short, yes, you can. But if you know the type of cinch/dress clips you like, you can have them custom-made with no hassle. 

You have to take the sketch of the clips to an experienced jewelry designer. After that, the designer will take care of everything. Otherwise, you can also provide a picture of the design and the type of color you prefer. The designer will make sure to design a dress of your choice.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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