Hello lovely fashionistas indeed it has been a long while since my last DIY, but I have been doing a few things. I decided to complete some of the projects that I'm excited to show you all. Continuing my love for lace, I wanted to use many of the remnants I had stowed away in my fabric bins.
Additionally, I've wanted to do something more with chain and studs, because I made an appliqué that I did not use on a garment I had initially intended it for, here's what I accomplished so far... I hope that you enjoy!
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Other materials used/equipment: Metal glue, fabric glue, glue gun, hand needle, sewing machine, tailor's chalk, pins, invisible thread, or silver thread, and patience!
The Chain Reaction: This belt was inspired by my biker jacket and I wanted it to be a bit more edgier to go along with this particular dull biker jacket. I used my appliqué for the studs. I am not one to waste much when it comes to sewing, so I simply cut off all of the studs that were hand sewn on the mesh fabric.
The chain: I bought at a wholesale market by the yard. You may purchase this at your local hardware store. I've cut the leather here into 4 strips, (although only one is needed for this belt project) I am using the other 3 pieces for another idea at a later date. Leather can be purchased online, or even bought at a fabric store (I am using old scraps of leather from an art project years ago).
The ends of my belt are dyed crochet-lace. Of course this may be any colour, but I generally buy white lace so that I can later dye it any way that I choose. After the dyeing process or after you cut your purchased lace, iron the piece and cut once, creating 2 separate pieces. This measurement for me was minus the leather measurement + the length that I wanted my belt tied (I wanted a longer belt, so I made the length to be worn in a variety of ways, fitted, drop waist, loose, etc.). *By using measuring tape it may help you to visually see it better!
Hand-stitch, or even easier machine stitch each crochet-lace side joining the leather strip. Positioning my chain in the center, I carefully basted it by hand (with silver or invisible thread) to the leather to stabilise. Afterward, I hot-glued my studs in the design that I wanted. Securing the position chosen for the chain to be in I carefully put very small amounts of metal/fabric glue to the chain, and also a few studs, that I have touching the chain (which is also part of my design). I knotted the ends of my crochet piece, but you may put beads on the ends, fold over & sew, or even add other trim on the ends. Here's the result!
If the Shoe Fits:
If you have a favourite pair of shoes, particularly flats that you LOVE as I do, then you've probably worn them religiously over the years. I have tons of shoes that I wear and adore, but I also have a few go-to styles that are not only my favs, but also incredibly comfortable! I'm ashamed to say how long I've had this particular pair.
I wanted to do something playful by dressing up my plain and old black patent-leather flats, yet something that could still go with many of my not-so-dressy ensembles, especially if I had to slip them on quickly after work. I decided on using lace as a top covering to add texture to the shoes. I also found a v-neck piece that I cut in half and used it to create a fun bow that sparkled nicely as an added bell to my DIY whistle!
I cut the lace into 4"strips, and the width-wise measurement of the toe of my shoe. This measurement may vary, depending on style of shoe and size. Use fabric glue to adhere the lace to the shoe. The adhesive that I used said that it needs 18-24 hours to dry, but It was dry within 12 hours.
I love getting the most out of the products that I buy! All of this came from what I already had in my artsy house ... granted I do sew and have a few art supplies, however everything used here can be acquired from your local art store, hardware or fabric stores, and the best part is that it's really inexpensive!
I created a triple ruffle/bow and stitched the center. I wanted my sequins ruffles/bows to be slightly flat, yet puffier on the ends, and hot-glued the center atop the lace, then glued around the edges of the bottom and top of the sequins piece. For versatile use I decided to add a barrette style clip to the back of each ruffled piece in case I fancy using the ruffle on another garment. Here's the result!
You may also remember this dress from my bargain shopping score!
The goods: Hat- H&M, Shoes- Target- DIY/Ladyofashion, Biker boots-Dirty Laundry, Dress, thrifted-see above, Belt-DIY/Ladyofashion, bracelet-Forever21
Next up? Jewellery, and more accessories to come!