|Need jeweled Dress Clips for a 30's style gown? How about stunning buttons for a jacket?
Use a jeweled STRETCH BRACELET. They are very popular right now -- usually metal filigree shapes with colored enamel and rhinestones, strung on 1 or 2 elastic threads.
Cut the bracelet apart, and use the metal shapes. THere are plenty of holes to sew thru!
For BUTTONS: You'll have to create either a thread shank, or use the loop of a metal hook and eye and sew that to the filigree shape. I recommend that you make two sets of buttonholes in your garment front, and sew the buttons onto a piece of grosgrain (button thru holes on both bottom and top). I would NOT recommend washing OR drycleaning these!
For ORNAMENTS: Sew using only a few stitches, or sew onto a piece of hook & loop tape (hook part), and a spot of loop tape onto the garment, or onto halves of a large snap. (You'll *have to REMOVE THESE FOR CLEANING the garment*.)
I got a fab bracelet from Target for $12. Cut apart, it yielded 7 large "squares" and 8 smaller "ovals". That's 15 "buttons" - a pretty good deal ! I used 3 pieces for the "clasp" of a halter neck in back (small/large/small), and a decoration at center back (large), as well as buttons on the sleeves of a 30's evening gown.
I really recommend you give some thought to using these bracelets! They offer a huge variety in texture and color, and some are not really expensive (remember, that's 15 'buttons' for $12!)