Today, I am going to show you another project for my beloved boyfriend : I wanted to reward him for his first month without cigarette! I’m so proud of him! Congratulations babe!!!
The 1950s style guitar strap!
The fact is that he is a singer in a rythm and blues/rockabilly/doo wop band, and really love the old school sound. Don’t hesitate to check out their website if you enjoy this great music too! :
However, nowadays he hasn’t got an enough vintage looking guitar strap.
Héhé no problem : his girlfriend is going to solve this problem!
I got inspirations from old pictures of rock’n’roll artists. They had very thin leather straps, with sometimes a pad to protect the shoulder.
Mr Hank Williams :
Mr Johnny Cash :
Mr Chuck Berry :
Mr Buddy Holly :
And here is the kind of things you can find on the internet :
Not really personal, and the pad doesn’t look very confortable…
So, I chose a fake used-looking leather (I don’t like the use of real leather, just as real fur)
And I added a big amount of fleece inside the shoulder pad, so my honey’s shoulder would be well protected! I used a simple black fabric to make the other face. Here’s the exploded sandwich :
The strap :
This is 2cm wide. I reinforced the fake leather with interfacing.
Then I realised the structure with a strong ribbon of « gros grain » because, as you can see bellow, my baby is definitely not a calm person on stage haha!!!
I used a recycled belt buccle from an old hand bag to finish the strap. Every holes are reinforced with zigzag stitches?
And finally, I wanted to add something a little bit more personal on it. I eventually chose to simply embroid his initials on it, « EG ».I used my usual sewing machine, ajusted the stitches to get the widht I wanted, and made the finitions with hand sewing :). I am a little proud of this first embroidery, which didn’t turn as bad as I thought it would! hehe!! 🙂