thank you all so much for your wonderful and uplifting words! i haven't received the professional pics back yet (btw, how long is that supposed to take?!?!? - haha) so i can't find many photos that actually show the whole dress - without my husband covering half of it, anyway - these do show more, though. i guess earlier i was just trying to show the details...
the roses were super easy, too. i took long strips (varying between 1 1/2" and 4" wide and 1/2 the width of the fabric [my silk was 65" wide] to the full width... i wanted several different sized flowers) of silk and folded them lengthwise twice (just on one end, very simple), keeping the raw edges free. then thread a needle and knot the thread to the folded end of the fabric. twist the fabric (tightly or loosely depending on the look you want - mine were in-between) and make a small bun, like with your hair, and sew it down. it should look similar to a rosebud (well, made with silk). continue to twist the fabric (i directed it outward and away from the bud) and sew it down every few twists. once you get to the end, tuck it under your rose and sew it down. that's it!!! it is so easy. I tried with several different types of fabric (tulle, lace, crepe and ribbon) and none of them worked anywhere close to as well as the silk. it seems hard to handle at first, but once you get the first few stitches down its a piece of cake! it also looks beautiful with the raw edges tucked in, and if you twist the fabric toward the center instead of away; it's much cleaner looking. i have made these for crochet cloches, and as pins. you could probably decorate anything with them!
okay, on to the pics:
and just for fun
thanks again! let me know if you attempt the roses for anything, i'd love to see them!