DIY Rhinestone Belt

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By Roseann
 

 

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Looking for an easy way to jazz up that little black dress in your closet?  A simple belt with an exquisite buckle makes a great addition to a fashion classic.  Stick to a black belt, you do not want to draw too much attention to the waist. 

To get the look you will need

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 Instructions:

  1. Measure your waist.  This belt has no adjustment so don’t cheat or you will be holding your tummy in all evening.
  2. Add one inch to this measurement and cut ribbon at this length.
  3. Create ½” pleat at the top of the ribbon and press.  Ideally you want the lines to create an up right V, this is a much more youthful look.
  4. Thread your ribbon through the back of your buckle, stop at 1″ and fold over.
  5. Hand stitch the tab you’ve just created down to the ribbon as close the bar as possible.
  6. Trim off excess, if you own pinking sheers these are ideal to use.  If not a straight cut is fine.
  7. Enjoy!

DIY Bridesmaid’s Dress

By Kristin

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As many of my loyal blog readers can tell, I’m a pretty crafty person. Some of you may not know I’m an avid seamstress too. For this week’s blog I decided to make a Bridesmaid’s dress and embellish it with items from M&J. Granted, my best friend isn’t using purple in her wedding.   My Sister-in-law probably won’t either, but at least I made a pretty little dress I can wear again. You don’t even need to make the dress, you can buy something simple off the rack and go from there.  It’s a more cost effective (and more custom) alternative to Box Store Bridesmaids’ dresses.
I used McCalls #4460, view C. For the dress I used a Purple/White cross woven Silk Dupioni. Not shown is the black tulle along the bottom.  You could even use a jazzy black lace along the hem instead! I used a 24mm Silk Satin Ribbon in Black for the belt, and Rhinestone Buckle #32367 in Jet/Black Diamond/Gunmetal.  The top of the dress is edged in the 15mm Black Organdy Ribbon with a 9mm Black Silk Satin placed in the middle. I simply used Unique Stitch glue on the ribbons and it holds really well.

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If you want to take a store bought dress and embellish it, pick a simple dress with very little details already on it. You can add a ribbon belt as I have, use a beaded trim around the top or on the waist, add Sew on Rhinestones or use a silk flower.