As you have seen in the last several posts, I have been excited about the Lagenlook or layered look of clothes. I am still excited about the artsy-ness of it, but realize that all of it at once overpowers my frame. Incorporating that look into my style is a process that will be shared in due time.
Until then, I am still on flowers. Hmmm, theme here? Flowers in artwork. Flowers in fiber work. I just like flowers!
There is a famous maker (can I say Krista Larson?) who makes these adorable round puffy flowers to coordinate with her adorable dresses. Since I am sewing some clothing for myself this fall, I decided to create a flower to pin on a dress in the very fabric of the dress.
Here’s what I did.
I started with layering about 6-7 fabrics that had color harmony. Going through the scrap bag was great fun! I had forgotten all that was in there! These were about 6″ square.
Then I selected a button for the flower center and sewed it right in the middle of the stacked fabrics. On the second one I did, I saved this step for the end just to see if there was any difference.
This is the second flower; you can see I just took one stitch in the center for stability, but no button yet. Then I found a round object and used it to trace a circle around the stitch.
At the sewing machine, I stitched on the traced circle. Twice. Then I found a bowl that was about 5-6″ in diameter and traced a larger circle around the whole piece. I cut out that circle to create the general shape of the flower. Then I made cuts into the center up to the stitching line all around, about 12 in all.
Then to fray the edges I threw them in the washer with some other clothes on a “casual” cycle (between delicate and regular wash on my machine) followed by a trip through the dryer.
They are great! I decided to put them together into one big flower. I like the fullness much better. Now to finish the dress it goes with : )
Notes for the future:
* For thicker fabrics like woolens and velvet, try 6-9 layers. For thinner fabrics like cottons, use more.
* Try colors together that wouldn’t normally be found together for interest.
* Search out cool buttons for centers.