September 24, 2009 8:58 am
I was inspired for this by a shirt I saw in J. Crew. Funny that I’ve never gotten a J. Crew catalog until yesterday. What have I been thinking??! They have some GREAT ideas.
Here is a way to refashion a shirt, again. You can cut off the bottom of the hem to do the flower so that way it is already finished. I cut off this pink one.
And this blue knit one that I got in my fabric exchange packet. (thanks rebecca!!)
Cut them about 16- 20 inches and about 2 inches wide. But vary them slightly so they look nicer and not so cookie-cutter.
I chose this palette because these are muted colors, and are almost all a neutral. I think when you thrown bolds in there or prints, that’s when things start to look crafty and home-made. I think this color palette looks like something you would buy in a store.
Now to ruffle your fabric. You can do it by hand, but you all know how I do it by now: set your length to the longest stitch and tighten your tension to the highest number. Just run it right through and it will automatically ruffle. Here’s what I’ve got.
Get a thicker fabric for the back of your pin. Fold it in half so it’s doubled over for strength.
Now to flower the ruffles. Since I’m not going to be washing this, I’m not going to sew it. I’m going to use my best friend, hot glue. Just wind the flowers up gluing as you go. Mold them to the way you like them. Here are all my flowers done.
Now we’re going to glue them onto the fabric. Just start with one in the center and glue it well.
Get a couple more, gluing as you go. Also glue around the sides of the flower so they are sticking together at the bottom and on the sides. Smash them up together nice and close so it looks full.
Here’s how they all look together. You can trim some if they look to high.
Now turn it over and trim the fabric backing. Make sure the flowers slightly overlap so the fabric won’t show from the top side.
Glue on two pins for extra security.
Here it is, in all it’s flowering loveliness…
Voila! Here are a couple styling ideas. I love it on this plain grey T.
Here it is on one of my favorite jackets.
It also looks nice in the center of a garmet, like this sweater.
I like it on a pin because you can move it around. If you sewed it on a shirt, it’s not going anywhere. But this way, the possibilites are endless. Some other ideas I had are on a purse or hanging on a chain necklace. Also, you could throw some vintage jewelry on the flowers, too.
Add any ideas to the Flickr pool. Enjoy!
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