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« on: May 07, 2009 03:03:19 PM »

Hi All,

I have a question that I posted in Sewing General but am not having much luck with getting an answer so I thought I would try here since it's always busy!! Because this is for completed projects really, I also thought that I should post the prom dresses I made for my daughter and her friend. They were labor intensive and I'm happy with the results of both. So here they all are:

Question: I am desparately trying to find instructions on how to make fabric flowers. When I do searches I find more of the crafty or country types but I am in need of instructions on how to make the more couture style like this:


Anyone have any clue where I might find steps for this?


My daughter is in the coral dress. It's a two piece because she wanted it to be like a dress she found on the internet but I thought it would be easier and more functional to keep the two pieces separated! Yes, she wore Converse (cuz that's just her!!). Her friend Anna wanted something more formal and we were going to stick with a long gown but when I started sewing the crepe back satin I noticed it was pretty thick and didn't have a nice drape so it would make her look fuller, so I talked her into a shorter dress and then shot myself in the foot by suggesting we top the whole thing with sheer fabric. The dress pattern (Vogue) called for gathered fabric all over the bodice but the satin again was too thick and looked bad so the sheer was the way to go. It was a horrible experience though. VERY labor intensive!! I also made her sash and then made my daughter's date a bow tie and pocket square (why do I do these things to myself)!

Sorry so long, onto the pics:

This is everyone. My daughter is in the front on the far left. Her friend is in the back right with the shorter black dress.

Here you can see most of my daughters dress. It's hard to tell that it has a two layered skirt but it does. Also this pic gives the best idea of the color. It's a textured dupioni silk.

The top of Destini's dress.

Destini's date with his bow tie and pocket square.

A better view of the top of her friends dress. You can see all of the gathering I had to do!!

Full view of Anna's Dress



...i finished off the rest of the ice cream so i expect to be having another butt in the morning!!

« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009 03:11:42 PM »

Very cute! I love the shade of orange you chose, im surprised you didnt scold her for wearing tennis shoes though!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009 03:15:41 PM »

Well, I may not know where you can find the directions for those roses- but the dresses are fabulous! Your daughter and her friend must have felt like a million dollars for their big night!

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009 04:25:09 PM »

The flowers on the wrap in the link look like typical fabric roses (did a quick search & came up w/ these instructions) except it looks like they are using a longer, more narrow strip & crunching & twisting the fabric while forming the flower. The rose on the bottom appears to be stitched down from edge to center in 3 separate places. Hope that helps in some way! Smiley Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2009 12:40:03 PM »

I love the fabric of your daughter's dress, and the design. i also really like the gathering on the friend's dress.
I've been begging my mom to let me wear my converse to prom but she will not give in.
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009 04:45:52 PM »

Try this video?
I dunno if its useful or anything but hey :]

« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2009 05:31:59 PM »

The dresses are fun and fabulous.

This blog offers some fabric rose tutorials. I don't know if they're quite what you're looking for but they might be worth a look: http://www.outsapop.com/2009/05/fabric-roses-vol1.html
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2009 07:37:17 PM »

Thanks all so much for all the flower making tips and compliments. I did manage to get a few made so I think I'm getting the hang of it now! Sylvied that blog is AMAZING, I can't wait to read through it.

Pinkpoodle230, I didn't really care too much! I am 40 but look way younger and tend to dress younger too so we kind of get into fashion together! I think there are more important things to police when it comes to parenting so when it comes to looks, I think individuality is the BEST!! I did ask a couple of times if she would rather hunt for vintage heels but she wanted to be unique and also comfy!!


...i finished off the rest of the ice cream so i expect to be having another butt in the morning!!

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