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July 30, 2008

Hot Studs

Filed under: Embellishment,Gigi,Uncategorized — Gigi @ 7:00 am

I really like the dress I finished the other day but the more I looked at it, the more I felt it was missing something. It was just a bit too plain, you know? So, I started rummaging through my embellishments and didn’t find anything but some black bugle beads, meh. Then yesterday, Karla, Phyllis and I were talking about how to apply hot-fix studs and rhinestones when it hit me: I had a bag of square black 5mm hot-fix studs in my stash! The first thing I did was test them on a scrap of fabric to make sure they’d stick to the Illusion – I once used hot-fix rhinestones on stretch lace and they all fell off!

I used the smaller flat tip on my Kandi Kane and cut a small piece of a Teflon sheet to slide between the layers to prevent the glue from bleeding through. If you don’t want your front and back glued together get a Teflon sheet and use it!


Application is really simple. Just lay the studs into position and heat them up with the Kandi Kane tip. I couldn’t find the directions so I just tested and decided to hold the tip on for a count of 15. You will naturally want to press down on the stud with your finger after removing the tip – beware that it is very hot! If you can’t help yourself wear a thick leather thimble (or even an oven mitt) as a metal one might scratch the surface.


I concentrated most of the studs at the center front thinning them out towards the top and just sprinkling them around the back.



I also sprinkled a few on the sleeves. By this time I was running low and wanted to keep a few in reserve for repairs. I will probably order more and fill this in a bit more later.


I think they go perfectly with the geometric design of the main fabric and the whole thing took me about an hour.


  1. Yup, that’s just what it needed. Let us know if they last through some washings….

    Comment by LindsayT — July 30, 2008 @ 8:39 am

  2. Nice touch, the studs are perfect for the dress! I haven’t done hot fix on illusion yet, but I have on onionskin. No problems with things falling off, unlike similar embellishment on RTW.

    Comment by Nancy (nanflan) — July 30, 2008 @ 9:06 am

  3. What a great addition! I love it! I am a fan of little details and love all the embellishments you add to your garments.

    Comment by Amanda S. — July 30, 2008 @ 9:28 am

  4. Love it! I’m not an embellisher, but I may just have to get one of these and try it out.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — July 30, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  5. You can get these little studs (I love writing that) in inexpensive bags in all sorts of colors at Vogue Fabrics. Look in the notions department.

    Comment by Mary Beth Klatt — July 30, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  6. Beautiful embellishments! Love the dress!

    Comment by erica b. — July 30, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  7. Love the hot studs………..thanks for the tip on the teflon sheet, have just finished a caftan with swarovski crystals and found it difficult to stop them sticking to my ironing board

    Comment by Handmaiden — July 30, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  8. Perfect finish!

    Comment by Summerset — July 30, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

  9. The hot studs adds sparkling to the dress, love it. Thanks for sharing this embellishment idea.

    Comment by Els — July 30, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  10. You are rockin the embelishments lately. Love it!

    Comment by Cindy — July 31, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  11. Perfect embellishment!

    Comment by Linda T — August 1, 2008 @ 11:22 am

  12. Perfect! Subtle but striking!

    Comment by odumnobles — August 2, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  13. Great idea and just the right amount of embellishment!

    Comment by Linda L — August 2, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  14. Gigi, my ‘stretch illusion mesh’ is here. Left a comment for you where I first asked about the source. It is of a wonderful quality, I purchased it from
    Thanks again for sharing. I am so happy that I can now copy your dress….lol…

    Comment by Gemma — August 6, 2008 @ 5:50 am

  15. Isn’t Laura the best? She is wonderful to buy from and her fabrics are always fabulous! I only buy from a handful of online vendors and Lucy’s Fabrics is one of them.

    Comment by Gigi — August 6, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  16. Gigi,
    love your site! Your work is nice. I’m having a hard time location patterns for spotswear, or some might call it gymwear. Do you have any ideas on where I might can put my hand on some?

    Comment by sab — August 7, 2008 @ 3:37 am

  17. Thank you! Sab, try – they have lots of activewear patterns. has some too.

    Comment by Gigi — August 7, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  18. Sewing is a learned skill; but an eye for design is a gift from God.
    Nice touch!
    God Bless!

    Comment by Adrienne — August 11, 2008 @ 8:11 am

  19. I always forget to embellish my projects and seeing ones like this reminds me I’m missing out on some fab looks. I love the look and am inspired to do some embellishing of my own. Thanks.

    Comment by Barb — August 11, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

  20. I read some of your past posts…I used to sew and I loved seeing the older patterns and the retro garments you have made. I read about when you were in Paris…wow! What an experience that must have been.

    Comment by Mary — August 16, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  21. I love the added embellishments! You are right they so make the dress…ohmygosh Gigi you are back! I mean just so back sewing, creating and inspiring! And I’m so happy that you are!!!

    Comment by Carolyn — August 17, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  22. Love your idea! please tell me the pattern # you used. I must try it and will get the Kandy Kane too.

    Comment by cheryl — August 18, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  23. Cheryl, the pattern is Jalie 2793 lengthened into a dress.

    Comment by Gigi — August 19, 2008 @ 7:12 am

  24. Can you share the brand name of your dress form? I’m looking to buy one and would love your advise. Thanks! BTW–really enjoy your site.

    Comment by Palo Alto Penny — August 24, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  25. Wish I had Gigi’s ruffle tutorial. I can’t afford to join PR:

    Comment by Janet Toot — September 6, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

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