Post # 1
My dress has an empire waist that gathers in the middle, just under the center of the bust. I’m hoping to add something more glittery to that seam line to add some interest and take away from the harsh seam line. My original idea was to get some sort of horizontal art/deco or vine-type of brooch but I am having trouble finding one. I’ve noticed several tiaras or hairpins have the design I want, but I am wondering if it is possible to convert these to brooches. Anyone tried it? Thoughts? Suggestions?
Post # 3
Better quality tiaras are often meant to be taken apart and re-appropriated as hair clips/pendants, brooches/etc. These are wired to the tiara backing and can easily be unwired and reattached to a new backing. These are more expensive, but you can often find a good price at a sample sale. Check out Debra Moreland for Paris Tiaras (http://www.paristiaras.com) because hers are the type that can be re-wired.
Post # 4
Unless the tiara has only a VERY slight curve to it, I’d probably use the hairpins. Otherwise the tiara would bulge in a weird way below your bust. The hairpins should be flat and therefore easier to attach smoothly.
But it shouldn’t be that hard to do– if all else fails, get a pair of wire cutters and go to town until you have pieces that are easy to sew on or attach to a pin backing.
Post # 5
DOH, forgot to say that the Debra Moreland Paris tiaras are all made in multiple pieces so you don’t have to worry about the curve. Each decorative piece is straight, and is wired onto a curved tiara.