BRIGHT AND SHINY

Bright and Shiny

Romeo & Juliet Couture
Studded Collar Envelope Blouse

Studded embellishments have been making their fashion appearance for the past 18 months.  I first saw studs on heels of pumps and sandals.  In 2013, studs continue their expansion to all apparel.

These are different from the rhinestone, crystal gems that are always popular.  These are metallic studs typically inserted through the garment and fastened with a backing.  This type of stud is heavy and needs to have a facing/backing to protect the stud backing but is perfect for leather, e.g., motorcycle jackets and belts.

The iron-on studs are lightweight and backed with a fusible adhesive activated by an iron or a Hot Fix Tool Applicator that comes with several  tips to fit multiple sized iron-on studs/jewels.

ADHESIVE-BACKED STUDS

ADHESIVE-BACKED STUDS

HOT FIX TOOL WITH MULTIPLE TIPS

HOT FIX TOOL WITH MULTIPLE TIPS

The above inspiration has galavanized me to dig out a certain blouse relegated to the back of the closet as “too good” to dispose of–and rejected by the consignment shop.

Watch this space for the update.

By the way, apparently, ‘blouse’ is an archaic term. I heard it on the Internet, so it must be true.

On reflection, I do find myself calling tailored garments with collars and cuffs, ‘shirts’. But, when I Googled this particular garment, everything was labeled as ‘blouse’. The copywriter’s must not have gotten the message.

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