Posts Tagged ‘altered couture’

Beautiful, yes? And my camera isn’t even doing justice to the colors. Unfortunately, it was also missing the pin thing on the back.

I checked with my IO (Insignificant Other) to find out if it could be soldered. He suggested throwing it away, because it was not fixable. Of course, he thinks the world would be a better place if all costume jewelry completely vanished, so naturally, I ignored him and started thinking about how to repair it.

Step One: Clean it

Toothpaste,  an old toothbrush and a tiny bit of water are the best. Just scrub gently to avoid loosening any of the stones and pat dry. I wanted to do this first because my fix involved a piece of felt, and I didn’t want that to get wet. After the cleaning, the piece was allowed to completely dry overnight.

Step Two: Make a Backing

Very simple! Just cut a piece of felt the size you’d like on the back of the piece. Done!

Step Three: Hot Glue

This is actually two steps, but let’s not drag it out. First, hot glue or sew a new brooch pin to one side of the felt. Then hot glue the other side of the felt (duh!) to the brooch.

You’re done! Go do something else and let it dry for 24 hours or so. Not so bad, huh? This little brooch is going to go on a new top I’m altering. This is what it looked like before I got my mitts on it.

Those things that look like white blobs are actually sweet little pale pink crocheted flowers.

Other than sticking with the pink/black theme,  the “after” shot is going to be quite a lot different than this “before.” But that’s the whole point of altered couture, right?

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The oversized ruffle removal team (in other words, me and my scissors) came in and performed an emergency ruffle-ectomy on the green camisole (for “Before” shots, see earlier “Today’s Project” post, from May 29). The patient has recovered and is back at etsy. Here are the “After” pics:

It even looks better from the front, or at least I hope it does:

I like to think she’d wear the new cut-offs I’m working on. Let’s face it — Daisy’s been wearing the same outfit way too long.

Unfortunately, no preview of her new look until later today, when the camera battery is recharged. So for now, all I can say is that the deconstruction/upcyling/repurposing has begun … stay tuned!

… assuming I finish it, of course. So far, the back has been destroyed, and believe me, that is a good thing. The back panel of this jacket was an enormous embroidered monster truck — yes, one of those crazy vehicles with tank-sized tires and a hideous paint job that always make me wonder what the owner of that thing could possibly be under the influence of. And, no — I don’t want any.

Anyway, back to the jacket. The new back panel still needs a lot of work, but I do like the way the dark red silk scarf is looking as a background for the strips. It’s sort of fun doing something that doesn’t have ruffles and lace involved for a change.  If only there were more hours in the day …

Tasteful, ladylike, simple … sometimes it’s nice to go in a different direction. And since so much of what I do is a little over the top, I loved the idea of sneaking in a surprise — a simple denim jacket with vintage (mostly) lace trim. Kind of sweet, isn’t it?

The original jacket already had two strips of lace. Those are the ones third over from the zipper on either side, the wider, floral pieces. I’ve added the others from a big box of vintage lace and trims. So far, the back has been left alone and it might stay that way. But around here, you can never tell.

Question: Is anyone really going to wear a partially see-through top?

Answer: I guess we have to wait and see.

This one’s nearly done, so it should debut at etsy in a day or two. It’ll be interesting to see the reaction. This fabric is so sheer it’s almost invisible. Perfect for anyone who doesn’t mind having the whole  world seeing their “bidness.” But that’s the beauty part of living in LA — there are people here who have built entire careers on letting it all hang out, as we used to say.

I bought the little shell top at an estate sale, and am adding the beaded flower fabric. This particular combination seemed to work best, out of the eighteen or so different possibilities I tried. Seriously! Upcycling isn’t as easy as it looks. Or maybe I’m  doing it wrong. But who cares? When you finally get all the elements in place it’s so gratifying that all those “Ewwww, that’s not working” steps along the way are forgotten. Sort of.

That’s not something I say very often — at least about my own images. But this one came out very nicely. Unfortunately, I have no idea why or what I did, so it may never happen again.

Yes, the mystery piece is nearly done. The first image shows most of the fabric in place. In the second and third, I was trying to decide if it looked better with pale or navy blue trim. In the end, I used them both.

The next post should show the finished (pretty much) piece. Still can’t decide on using the overall closures in front. They look great. But … it means cutting two holes in the front for the metal buttons. Yikes! Maybe something a little less permanent would be better.

a work in progress — but what?