I logged onto Sew Weekly on Monday and realised I read the challenge wrong, that’s so typical of me, I read ‘something under $10’ didn’t even see the Refashion side of things. I’m a little disappointed in myself, hopefully you lovely ladies will still accept the ‘part 2’ of the challenge but without the refashion! and here’s me all excited because I had thrifted this rockin piece of leather and a bunch of tarnished buckles for next to nothing, it kinda all sucks now. I could say that the leather was part of a couch? or an old car seat? but it wasn’t it was just a rolled up untouched piece no stitching, holes nothing straight off the cows back. Moo boo!
Here’s my little story, you see, I’m a big fan of avant garde designers Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens, Haider Ackerman to name a few. Ann Demeulemeester designed this belt and I thought I’d give it a whirl using this piece of leather that I know I’m super lucky to of found at a local garage sale for $2.99 bananas right? it was one of those moments where when you pull out your coinage to pay you do it in a nonchalant kinda way, you don’t want them to pick up on the mistake and change it to a more realistic price. I certainly was nonchalant I was rather proud of how casual I was, telling the lady that her flower bed was super pretty— as a distraction. Anything for a bargain right? Her garden really was super pretty.
Ann’s corset belt is a lot longer, something I wished of mine but didn’t have the length in the piece. I’m super happy with how it turned out, and do know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea which makes it more appealing in my eyes. You can probably work out how easy it was to make, a quick measurement of the bust for the front panel and strips rotary cut to the width of the buckles.
The bag of buckles I found for $4 they’re all tarnished, and I’m okay with that it kinda blends in with the rustic look of the leather and keeps the challenge under the $10 limit. I used a leather hole punch to place the holes for the buckles at 20mm intervals. To mark these out for a good fit I put it on backwards and marked out the first hole for each buckle, deliberately zig zagging the buckles down my back.
It is a task to get into, hubby has to buckle me in, just like a corset needs help I guess. I wonder if the Ann belt has a secret zip of sorts? I can wear this lower as a belt, backwards or on the side of my hip It’s a matter of playing around with it and trying it on with different clothes to see what works best. I should also tell you that the leather is brown, here’s a colour shot.
I’m pretty sure I’ve read next weeks theme correctly. I’ll see you all back at the raunch.
I’ll named this one Cherry Cola from Eagles of Death Metal. Album- Death by Sexy. Super danceable, hip swinging shoulder twitching stuff.
Fabric | Thrifted Leather