LOOKING FOR THAT LITTLE EXTRA WOW FACTOR
It’s Spring, and for this project I wanted to do something with flowers; fabric flowers. So since wedding season will soon be in full force, and fabric flowers & brooch bouquets seem to be trending, I thought I would do something along the same lines but with a little difference. However, I do make these bouquets too, so if you would like a tutorial, just let me know.
I made a video for this project which you will see below, as I always find it easier to watch; but I will also write the steps following that.
This is what I used:
- Wire mannequin: Amazon sell them HERE
- Pastel pink linen curtain with ties
- Long piece of silver sheer fabric to create a 2 tone effect
- Selection of brooches
- Selection of hand-made fabric flowers
- A couple of artificial flowers
- 2 artificial white hydrangeas
- Ribbon to tie waste
- Pins for pinning
- Hot glue gun & glue
- Sewing needle and cotton
To start, attached the linen curtain to the mannequin using the ties.
Take the middle tie and knot around the wire mannequin on the front at the top of the bust area. Then continue to knot the remaining ties to the mannequin working your way to the back (make sure the fabric is pulled tight to the mannequin and tied well in place).
Once attached, use a piece of 50mm wide ribbon, to wrap around the waste and tie at the back. Next we have to add a little shape to the dress, and a small trail. Take one side of the fabric half way up and wrap it around itself and the mannequin pinning the border to the fabric. Stop when you have reached the end, and you should have a little trail. Pics 1 – 6 below.
Next we need to sew the fabric where we have pinned it. I just hand sewed and went around twice to make sure it was fully secure.
Once finished your mannequin should have shape, and little trail and look something like this!
Its now time to start adding the flowers.. pull the heads off the hydrangea, and add a little hot glue to the middle of the back of the flowerhead; then apply to the top torso area of the dress (above the ribbon). I randomly added them and also added them to the back in a ‘V’ shape.
Once the flower heads were added to the top part of the dress, I open the back up slightly creating a ‘V’ shape, by moving the ties back one.
Next let’s start randomly adding the fabric flowers and a couple of artificial ones to the skirt of the dress. For this design I decided to add flowers to everywhere except the right side of the dress diagonally (as you look at it), the bottom of the front and a little to the left. On the right I will be adding my second piece of fabric; and the bottom left I want to have a little of the original linen fabric showing.
Attach the second piece of fabric to the back of the mannequin. I pushed mine through the top and pulled out what I needed through the little hole in the back. I then sewed the fabric in place at the back to stop it from moving. Pin the fabric in a diagonal line following the edge of the flowers until you reach the bottom, then continue to pin around the front of the dress and the trail.
Next sew in place and cover any gaps with flowers between the second fabric and the line of flowers. Then add a selection of brooches to the dress/flowers randomly.
Now you are done and you have a beautiful fantastic fabric flower dress prop!! This will give you that extra WOW factor at any wedding/event.
Did you manage to see my last video, if not click here: LAST DIY VIDEO
I hope you found this helpful, and I would love to hear from you and see your creations.
Have a wonderful Easter!!