A while back I posted some jewelry that I made using really pretty pieces from Michael’s craft stores – rhinestone and metal elements. I kept one of the bracelets as a work-in-progress while I waited to find the right fabric to go with it.
I found some fabric at Fabricland during one of their 50% off sales, and picked out two different fabrics. I had thought I might use them together, but when I showed them off to some friends, they all agreed that the satin on the left was a better choice than the lighter purple shot stretch silk on the right.
Once the base of the bracelet/cuff was assembled, I took a strip of the darker purple satin three times the length of the bracelet, and did a tiny narrow hem on all four sides. Then I pleated the fabric, and held the pleats in place with pins (not pressing the pleats though, since I wanted a softer effect) and then sewed it down through the centre. Then I attached the bracelet to the fabric by hand, and added on magnetic clasps to make the cuff easy to put on and take off.
I think the overall effect is VERY dramatic – it’s not really an every-day kind of piece, but will be fun to wear as something bold and pretty… but I’m still not a “purple person”!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!