Monday, June 11, 2012

DIY corsage fabric flowers

a corsage is a flower or an arrangement of flowers 

worn as a fashion accessory 


... and accessories are items that will make the outfit "pop".
More often than usual, you'd heard the phrase 
"It's all about the accessories"




see how it can change the look of a basic tank top or a plain jacket!
(or a button down shirt, on the lapel of a suit jacket... 
anything where you can pin it!)

Soooo... let's not waste any more time!

I'm using:
* a piece of silk (about 20" x 20") (leftover from the colorblock pants)
* needle, thread and scissors
* two small pieces of matching color t-shirt fabric (I used the sleeves of a t-shirt)
* bonding iron on material
* two brooch pins with back base 



Ready? 

All these flowers are VERY easy to make.
most of the times is just fabric folded in half twice... but keep reading for all the photo-step-by-step tutorials (6 of them!!!)
Start by cutting out the silk fabric just like the picture, (click on the picture for a bigger image) and don't worry about having the perfect cut or shapes, since you'll have to fray the flower at the end, so this project is VERY forgiving!

The kind of silk I'm using is shiny on one side, and matte on the other, I'll be using either side randomly, to give more effect to the corsage.



NOTE: 
while making these flowers, keep the thread a little longer than necessary, and don't cut it once the flower is finished: you'll need it again to stitch the flowers onto the backing fabric.

Flower #1:
this isn't exactly a flower, just circles of different diameters sewn together at the base.
I'm using 4 of each : A - B - C


Flower #2:
* take 1 x A and 1 x B, sew them together in the middle, and fold in half,
then fold as an accordion (this will be the center of the flower)
* use 4 x E and overlap them as a poinsettia
* place the center you just made and sew it in the middle
* fold in half, secure with few stitches
* fold in half again, and secure with few stitches



Flower #3:
* use the "I" and fold it into an accordion, keeping the even side at the bottom, secure it with few stitches
* overlap 2 x G and 1 x H place the center, secure it with few stitches
* fold in half and secure with few stitches
* fold in half again and secure with few stitches


Flower #4:
* use the 3 x D and 2 x E, dispose the pieces as shown in the picture, sew few stitches in the middle

* fold in half and secure with few stitches
* fold in half again and secure with few stitches




(this flower came out a bit too big for this particular corsage, therefore I cut the top parts and made horizontal cuts along the sides)



Flower #5:
* use 6 x C, overlap them and sew it one next to the other with few stitches
* make the center with 1 x A by folding it in half and in half again, sew few stitches at the base
* place it in the middle of the previously base flower,
* fold the whole thing in half and secure with few stitches
* fold in half again and secure with few stitches



Flower # 6:
* use 3 x F overlapped
* make the center with 1 x A and 1 x B by sewing these together and folding it in half and in half again
* sew the center in the middle of the base obtained with the "F"
* fold the whole thing in half and secure with few stitches
* fold in half again and secure with few stitches



Flower #7:
(not pictured because... I don't know what happened to these pics)

* using the leftover pieces, I stitched all together in the middle

* fold the whole thing in half and secure with few stitches
* fold in half again and secure with few stitches

Time to put the pieces together:



* iron the two pieces of t-shirt fabric with iron-on bond, to fuse these together and give some extra body to the cotton jersey
(A lot of corsages come with felt as backing: I choose not to use felt because:
a- I'll use this corsage on a light weight shirt
b- using felt on a large piece like this for a summer shirt, would make me breaking the sweat!)

* start by arranging the flowers on the fabric, nicely close to each other, remembering that these are big flowers and will follow the law of gravity

* pin them onto the fabric and lift the whole thing up right, to check how they look and eventually re-arrange them before making the final stitching

* sew with few stitches each flower onto the fabric

* cut the fabric into the shape of the arrangement (mine looks like a bean!)

* sew the two brooch pins on the back, one next to the top and the other next to the bottom, this way the corsage will be nicely secure onto your chosen garment and won't look like a pin, but like something that was born with the outfit!

* fray the edges of each "petal" of the flowers by pulling the fabric through your fingers: this will give this corsage a "couture- look"!


and tomorrow... you'll see where I'm going to pin it  ;)  !
xox, d.





4 comments:

  1. Very pretty. I've made some of these flowers at one time or another. Never thought to put them all together.

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