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Topic: silk cherry blossom cami *blossom instructions, pg. 4*  (Read 37602 times)
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« on: August 15, 2006 11:38:26 AM »

I'm not sure if this is even a recon anymore! I had this idea one spring day as I was walking home from class and saw a really gorgeous cherry tree in bloom. I had a green silk camp shirt that belonged to my mom, that I hadn't known what to do with yet. So, I picked up some dupioni scraps (1/4 each brown, pale pink, and darker pink), grabbed some linen scraps I had leftover from a christening gown I'd made for a friend, and got cracking.

The cami is the green silk of my mom's shirt, cut down to a pattern I drafted on a dress form. It fits very close, so the front is lined with linen for opacity. This way, on a hot day, all I have on my body is a light layer of silk and breatheable linen (the back is unlined). The branch I drew on the brown dupioni and cut out. I tucked 1/4" under all around it as I stitched it by hand to the top layer (silk) of the front of the top - and yes, you'll notice that part of the branch extends off the top and connects to the shoulder strap.

I decided to have the piece close with matching buttons, so I bought several fabric-covered button kits and covered them with remaining green silk. I love the look of old wedding dresses, with these tiny buttons all stacked on each other, so I decided to do that here. It took many hours, but I like the results. Instead of buttonholes, the buttons are secured with 19 tiny loops of the green silk.

The flowers were what took the longest - it took me forever to decide how I wanted to do them. I finally settled on using interfacing to basically stick two pieces (of the same colour) together, then cutting out the flowers. I figured that they might fray a little, but that overall, the ends would be okay - and really, I think a little fraying will only make it feel softer and more "organic" over time.

If you can't tell, I'm more than a little enamoured of Anthropologie and Urban Outfitter's "home-made/embellished" aesthetic. Anyways, on to pictures! Sorry, it's a little wrinkled, it's been lying in a basket of delicate clothes for a while!

front view

side view with the buttons. this also gives a better idea of the shape of the hem and shows the darts I added for shaping.

detail of the branch/strap/blossoms

thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2006 11:41:37 AM »

That cami is just awesome! What great work  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2006 11:45:19 AM »

that is so very beautiful.  awesome job

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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006 11:46:00 AM »

Ohhh my goddddd!!! That is so gorgeous!  Looks like BCBG.. looks great!
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2006 11:46:08 AM »

this is simply stunning!  Shocked Shocked Shocked i just hit the "this rocks" button!  i am in awe!

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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006 11:47:04 AM »

wow this is amazing I was never expecting something like this when I clicked to see this, great job!
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006 11:49:01 AM »

I love those buttons, I want to put buttons like that on everything now. And I'm such a cherry blossom fan, I think this is the prettiest shirt I've seen in a really long time.

« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006 11:49:16 AM »

This is absolutely gorgeous. The extra time you put in to do the little details makes it look 1000x better than anything I've ever seen on here. I especially love how the flowers go off the shirt.

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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006 11:49:51 AM »

i am speechless that really rocks!!
i think i wanthat 4 my sweet 16 dress  Wink

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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2006 11:50:04 AM »

*gasp* oh my goodness, i love it! the flowers going up the strap?!? so so pretty Smiley

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