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September 28, 2009

More Jeweled Inspiration

Filed under: Designer Inspirations,Embellishment,Georgene — georgene @ 7:57 pm

Continuing my current obsession with sewn jewelry, I thought I would share some of the latest entrants to the field.


lanvin bracelet 5This Lanvin bracelet, while it does have some hardware, is a nice combo of pearls, ribbon, and some rhinestone brooches.



I have my needlenose pliers, and it’s not hard to find jumprings and clasps at the local bead store.



I think deconstructing thrift store costume jewelry could yield some useful elements.


Lanvin crystal ribbon necklaceThe scale of this Lanvin piece is quite wonderful.

Lanvin crystal ribbon necklace 3

lanvin dbl pearl necklace 1I love the double row of pearls on a  mesh covered double-face silk satin ribbon here – Notice the crystal bead sewn in every now and then. It’s very subtle with the two different sizes of pearls.


marni plastron 1


Here’s another of the felt  plastron styles from Marni. While the elements used here are more ‘real jewelry’, I can see doing something in this vein with beads, sew thru stones, crystals, or buttons.


marni plastron 3










Again, the scale of this is interesting.

Not for the shy or faint of heart!





marni stone felt necklace 1




This one from Marni is a more eclectic mix of elements. Here you can see that the black ribbon ties are inserted into big grommet holes, and then just knotted.





Again, the big statement. These felt plastron style necklaces may keep your chest warm under your coat this winter, nestled in at the neck to protect you from the wind blowing in off the lake. Or the Hudson if you are in NYC. I was never so cold as waiting for the bus on 42nd St. with the wind whipping across town.


marni stone felt necklace 2

One final piece, from Phillip Lim, rather interesting in that the fabric is pleated.philip lim pleated necklace 1

I can’t really say what is going on, but it looks like the pleats are stitched to the chain. The chiffon bow is a nice touch.




philip lim pleated necklace 2









I just uncovered a trove of my old costume jewelry (gulp! it’s vintage now) that I can use to cannibalize for chains, pendants, and clasps. Good for Christmas (coming all too soon). I may never have to buy a thing for the ladies on my list.


  1. Oh quite beautiful! and the Phillip Lim pleated piece was just the crowning piece to finish off this tasty tour.

    Comment by Mary Beth — September 28, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

  2. I like the 1st subtle pearl and crystal bead necklace. The last two seemed too pharaoh or elizabethan collar-ish for my taste. (Made up the word collar-ish.)

    Comment by Pam — September 29, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  3. The pleated piece appears to me to have metal beads sewn in between each pleat. I love the look of this one.

    Comment by Joan Schott — September 29, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  4. I really kind of love this look. I just say a piece on J.Crew with buttons and beads and need to figure out how to make it for myself!

    Comment by cidell — September 29, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  5. Jeweled Inspiration is exactly what this is to me. I am in the “vintage” jewelry pieces right now. Looking for all the “components” I have hoarded over the years. I just want to make this…I don’t even care if I ever wear it.

    Comment by Zede — September 30, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  6. Hello Georgene,
    Stumbled on your site as I was searching for a vintage vogue sheath dress pattern for my wedding dress. When I opened your site I exclaimed, “That’s it!!!!”. I thought it was for sale but as I read, I realized that that this is a blog of some type. I am getting married and that pattern is the one I have been searching for! Is is possible for you to sell it???? My plan is to make a muslin pattern of whatever pattern I buy and I was wondering (and praying too) if we could work something out with the pattern or if you could direct me somewhere to find another. The vogue special designer pattern is #S-4666.
    Thank you! Ann (49 yr old bride to be!!!)

    Comment by Ann — September 30, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    • I bought my pattern on E-bay…no idea how to find another one.

      Comment by georgene — September 30, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

  7. Stunning. And thank you; DD just got inspired to try her hand at this.

    Comment by Birgitte — October 1, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

  8. What great ideas! I also like vintage jewelry.I pick them up at yardsales.
    The white piece looks like they pleated the fabric first, then sewed gold beads between each pleat.

    Comment by Carol — August 17, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    • This is a continuation of my previous comment on the white pleated collar. Rather that sewing on the beads the same distance from the neck edge, they sewed each bead on slightly lower on the next pleat until they reached the center front. Then they sewed each bead on slighter higher on the next pleat until they reached the shoulder.

      Comment by Carol — August 17, 2010 @ 11:10 am

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