Adding the finishing touch to a plain dress might be as simple as adding a flourish of painted lace to a piece of velvet ribbon. With the lace embellished belt tutorial, success is a given. Upon completion you will be sure to garner the attention your creativity deserves.
Lace Embellished Belt Supply List:
1 1/2 inch wide velvet ribbon – waist measurement + 12 inches
Buckle suitable for 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon
Acrylic craft paint – silver
Fabric painting medium
Fusible crystals & Crystal application tool
Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing tools & supplies
Lace Embellished Belt How To:
Lay the lace spray on a flat surface and choose which elements will be incorporated into the design. Cut out the desired element.
Lay the lace on a piece of waxed paper and spray with Stiffen Stuff™, turn over and repeat. Let dry.
Following the manufacturer’s directions, mix fabric painting medium into the acrylic paint.
Using the paintbrush; brush the pre-mixed acrylic paint over the lace cutout. Take your time to assure complete coverage. Turn the lace over and repeat. Let dry.
Once dry, repeat if necessary.
Insert one end of the ribbon through the buckle, fold the ribbon over the buckle center letting it extend 2 1/2 inches. Turn the raw edge of the ribbon under 1/2 inch and top stitch through all layers of the ribbon to secure the buckle onto the ribbon.
Cut the opposite end of the ribbon at a 45 degree angle.
Try on the ribbon belt and mark the center front point.
Position the lace accent on top of the ribbon, matching the center points. Remove and carefully add glue to the back of the lace accent. Reposition the lace accent onto the ribbon and place a heavy object on top. Let dry.
Following the manufacturer’s directions; apply fusible crystal accents to the lace as desired.
Supplies: Hat and Scarf Set with Polar Puff Trim
Purchased Fleece Hat or/create your own using a favorite pattern and fleece fabric
Fleece Fabric ( scarf ) – 1/4 yard
Assorted colors of Polar Puff Trim
How to: Hat and Scarf Set with Polar Puff Trim
Cut two 54” x 5” strips. Trim ends at 45 degrees.
With right sides together, stitch the scarf front and back together using a 1/2” seam and leaving a 4” opening along one side. Clip corners.
Turn right side out and press carefully. Hand stitch the opening closed
Stitch Polar Puff trim 3/4 “ in from outside edges of the scarf, overlapping the ends.
Stitch Polar Puff trim to the right side of the hat’s bottom edge, overlapping the ends.
Roll the bottom edge of the hat back onto itself , forming a cuff.
Hand stitch Polar Puff flowers to the hat’s cuff, placing them slightly to one side of the center front.
Creating Polar Puff Flowers
Wrap Polar Puff into a tight spiral until you have achieved the size desired. Cut Polar Puff and then using a needle and thread; stitch into the the back of the spiral to secure. Add a second color of Polar Puff continuing the spiral and stitching as you wrap.
Bolero Jacket T Shirt Makeover Design by Lorine Mason
A free T Shirt Makeover idea for you. Taking something as simple as a basic black t shirt and turning it into an elegant bolero jacket is quite simple. Choosing the right trim might prove difficult as the options are quite varied. Which is your favorite?
Supplies for T Shirt Makeover:
- T shirt
- Decorative Trim – Venice Lace Embroidery
- Double wide bias tape in coordinating color
- Fusible hem tape – ½” wide
- Sewing Machine
- Basic sewing, measuring, cutting and pressing tools & supplies
How To DIY T Shirt Makeover:
Referring to the diagram ; trim the length of the T shirt, cut the front opening and remove the neckline binding. Cut a 1” strip from the excess length of the T shirt material.
With right sides together, open one edge of the bias binding and stitch along the neckline edge, being careful not to stretch the neckline. Sew along the fold of the bias binding. Turn the binding to the inside of the T shirt and top stitch along the opposite edge of the binding.
Press hem tape to the inside edges of the T shirt along the front and bottom edges. Turn the hem tape over to the inside of the T shirt and press. Remove the paper backing from the hem tape and press well to secure a hem along the front and bottom edges of the T shirt.
Stitch trim to the right side of the T shirt along the front and neckline edges of the T shirt in one continuous length, turning the corner at the front edges of the neckline. Use project photo as a guide.
Stitch trim to the bottom hemline of the T shirt, turning under the ends of the trim along the front edges and stitching to secure.
Measure the circumference of the sleeve hemline and cut two pieces of trim this length plus 1”. With right sides together stitch each of the trim pieces together using a ½” seam. Slide the trim over the bottom hem of the T shirt sleeve and top stitch in place.
Using the 1” strip cut earlier, pull the two ends of the strip taught so that the edges roll towards the center. Cut two lengths and tie bows of a desired size. Hand stitch bows to the sleeves.
Fashion Makeover Design by Lorine Mason
Do you have a favorite dress that needs something a little more. Have you ever thought of adding trim to take that dress to the next level? You can give the article of clothing a Fashion Makeover
Supplies for Fashion Makeover:
- Purchased dress
- Decorative Trims – cotton trimmings
- Fabric marking pen
- Non-fray liquid glue
- Sewing Machine
- Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing supplies
How to give clothes a Fashion Makeover:
Choose a design; in the case of the featured project overlapping circles were used. Using a large serving plate and starting at the center front of the dress, the pattern was marked directly onto the skirt. Note: Only one set of circles were drawn. The second row of trim was added by stitching ½ of an inch out from the first row of the trim.
Before starting to sew on the trim, determine a starting and ending point. Consider whether trim will be overlapped and therefore which area of the trim should be added first. In the case of the featured project, the hemline of the dress is where all trims started and ended as when the hemline trim was added it would cover any raw ends. Note: Avoid having to turn under raw edges whenever possible as you do not want added bulk.
Lay trim over the drawn lines and start stitching. Depending on the width of the trim, you may need to stitch along both edges of the trim to achieve a finished look.
Stitch trim along the hemline of the dress. Hand stitch the two ends together, overlapping and intertwining the elements of the trim for a finished look. A drop of non-fray liquid glue may be helpful.
Stitch trim to the neckline and armholes of the dress. This can be done by placing the trim under the edge of the finished opening and top stitching or by hand stitching the trim to the inner edge of the opening. Be sure to finish all raw edges by overlapping them slightly. Avoid bulk whenever possible.
The belt of the featured project was actually an elastic casing belt with a metal hook and loop buckle. I cut the buckle away from the belt, removed the elastic and cut the belt fabric in half lengthwise, trimming one end at a 60◦ angle. With right sides together and lace inserted along either side, I stitched the belt fabric along both edges. I then turned the belt right side out and added a thrift store buckle.