I have a love of re-purposing, or as I like to say making things out of other things. Not as elegant but descriptive. Bath pillows as emergency bustle pads? I'm for it! Taking apart a cheap umbrella to use on a parasol that is missing a tip, Yes! Not a permanent fix but if you need just one....
To illustrate, I give you the 99c Store shoe clip.
They have these beaded rings, so many colors, but who would wear such a thing..... on their fingers.
Which you can purchase on line here- http://www.american-duchess.com/historic-shoe-buckles-accessories
Just be careful not to glue on the clip open, like I did the first time, I couldn't get it closed. I have sewn them on which I think this is the better, more secure way.
I was also contemplating using two together as a belt buckle-shiny. Or at the bottom of a sash for an Edwardian gown. The world is your oyster with little beady bits! Maybe the base of a plume for your hair. You decide.
Here is how they look.
Not perfectly ANY period, but peaking out from under a skirt as you waltz by, tantalizing.
The Gatsby Summer Afternoon in Oakland Ca. is fast approaching and while an actual 20's frock is not really flattering on me I do like a cute 30's number. I have the fabric and just too many patterns. That's the indecision. It's the part that always stops me in my tracks. See.
I did finally, taking into account the sheerness of the cotton and how much pattern alteration I wanted to do.
It too is looking a little frumpy but as soon as I get the belt made I'm sure I'll like it. I'm wearing it anyway and I have a hat with the exact poppy as the print- that's why I never throw anything away. I'll get pictures.
I will get to the aqua dress, the picnic is back on, more later.
Ever Your Thimble Servant,