Our last Mitzi Made It project for Spring involves embellishing satin hangers. I put these in the Spring category because I think these would make a lovely bridal shower gift, especially for a lingerie shower. And why would one want fancy feminine hangers? Because I think beautiful pieces of clothing should be displayed instead of hung in a closet, and these hangers would add to the display. I imagine that's what people are doing with the fragile vintage dresses they purchase from my antique mall booth. They certainly aren't wearing them, as the old silk would shred after one night of doing the Charleston!
Of course I started with second-hand hangers I found at estate sales, but if you are giving yours as gifts you might want to purchase brand new satin hangers. It's totally up to you!
Blanket binding or satin ribbon
Fancy buttons or costume jewelry earrings with backs removed
Vintage millinery flowers or new silk flowers
Hot glue or needle and thread
There aren't really any specific project steps. What needs to be done here is create various embellishments to attach to the hangers. Some require sewing, like the rosettes that I made with blanket binding or lengths of lace.
The rosettes below were created from lace that I layered, then added a jewel center:
Blanket binding is handy for making rosettes and ruffles too:
To make ruffles, I hand-sewed a running stitch right down the crease of the blanket binding, then pulled the thread:
The ruffled pieces are at the top of the image below. Rosettes can be easily made from blanket binding by leaving it folded and sewing a running stitch along the folded end, then pulling it tight into a rosette and sewing it closed. A button or jewel can be sewed or glued into the center:
Once you have your rosettes or other embellishments created, they can be sewn onto the hangers.
Next I attached some of my vintage millinery blossoms on the hangers. I really like these a lot, and they didn't require much work at all, just a little hand-stitching:
And last I attached a rosette I made with multiple layers of fabric, silk flower petals, and a button in the center. I added torn fabric and lace streamers to the back with hot glue:
And here is what it looks like with a vintage dress:
So I hope you have been looking for the summer materials, because we'll be getting to work on those projects after I take a mini-vacation. I can't wait to get started!