Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday Notes

I hope all of you are enjoying your collective weekends. I have been making good progress on my jacket. Tweaking the fit always slows me down but I don't skimp on this part of the process. The shell is almost done, sans sleeves. Maybe, just maybe, I can finish it this weekend.

Marcy's free shipping sale is in full swing. I decided against buying any fabric this time around, but I made a sizable order this morning of some notions and a couple of silk screens. And then I remembered something I hadn't mentioned when I reviewed the Style Arc Safari Jane jacket.

This jacket closes with a zipper that extends into the collar. My favorite technique for applying separating zippers is one Marcy demonstrates in her Inspiration Paris CD. Whenever I need to insert a zipper of that type, I quickly pop in her CD and review the technique.

I have a question for you. I want to make a purse that requires a buckle. The buckle will be something of a focal point. I have been searching in vain - mostly on Etsy at this point. I'd like it to have the appearance of antique brass or something along those lines. It needs to have the little piece of metal that inserts into a hole (not sure what that is called). It can be either a circular type, or the d-shaped type, so long as it has the little metal pokey thing. I need the bar to be about 1.5" long (where the fabric attaches).

When I google buckles, I tend to find sites that sell men's buckles with charming thoughts, such as "Got Beer?" or charming images, such as the mud flap girl.

Please let me know if you have any good resources to recommend!


  1. Fashionista Fabrics has some nice notions for purses and the like. I've always had good service too.
    Love your work and blog!

    Tandy leather in the USA has some purse buckles and less um redneck belt buckles. This is the ebay shop but they have their own internet one too. My husband bought a few things from them and was happy with the service and quality.

  3. When making hats a few years ago, I also had problem finding buckles for them. I ultimately found that removing the buckles from cheap belts found at Walmart filled the bill better than my efforts searching internet sources. So, don't forget to include looking at belts in retail locations! Good luck!

  4. I agree finding buckles and similar hardware can be hard. I have never purchased from this website but I do have it bookmarked because I know one day I'll need a buckle, or a friend will. :)

  5. I would check M&J Trims.
    They're store in NYC is fantastic!

  6. Sharon - I have a few buckles you could choose from that I am not using - they were free to me from an ASG meeting, so not an issue. I will email you with a picture.