How to NOT to lose a brooch, ever...
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Fashion Hack Extraordinaire
All brooch lovers know that we risk losing our favourite pieces every time we pin them on and head to work or play. It is a chance we are willing to take in order to create our own unique style.
Most pins pre-1950s have a simple C-clasp that is only secure if the pin is pressed gently against the hook.
Art Deco Brooches
A rare 1930s Jakob Bengel leaf brooch has been secured to a modern, lightweight blazer using a sponge. The c-clasp combined with the sponge ensures it will not fall off.
Additionally, if the brooch opens the sponge will prevent it from sliding out and becoming lost.
Finally, the sponge also keeps the brooch close to the garment and prevents it from getting caught on our purse straps or rucksack handles.
Even the safety clasp found on all post 1950s brooches is not 100% secure. Again, depending on the weight and thickness of the fabric, the pin will flop, dangle or worse...tear a hole in our clothing.
1960s brooches are perfect for contemporary winter coats or a wool blazer. But put one of those vintage pins on a cashmere sweater and let the drooping, the ripping, the weeping begin.
So, what's a broochie to do?
Place a makeup sponge between the garment and the brooch to create a secure platform that holds brooches of any age securely.
This fashion hack ensures vintage and modern weighty pins are supported and sit up properly wherever we put them.
Where can I get a brooch sponge?
I provide all my customers with a complimentary sponge to support their brooches. You can also purchase them individually.
Buy a brooch sponge here.
Here I am wearing a summer dress with a large 1950s plastic rose brooch. Although a lightweight brooch, the sponge supports the pin and keeps it sitting flat and secure to the cotton fabric.
So, use your sponge to safely and securely fix your favourite, your newest, your best, brooch to whatever you fancy and dance the night away.
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