I don't do that much of DIY projects. The thing is if you work with a very creative designer (read HERE about my work), quite often you have to give her a hand with everything, including from actually creating a piece from scratch till adding finishing touches. So probably because I'm on a regular basis busy at work with production I don't have any wish nor power to do anything like this at home. However once in a while my creativity takes its revenge. And this is what comes out of it.
I was so smitten by the F/W 13 Christopher Kane's collection, especially by those fantastic embellished with flowers sweatshirts that I've made up my mind to do something like this on my own. In spite of that said I don't like copy-cating and I wanted to create a piece which differs from Kane's sweatshirts. I love the idea of feather flowers, but I've realized that it's quite close to impossible to make an embellishment from feathers of that exquisite quality at home. So I've decided to go for flowers not made of feathers but of different fabrics instead. I also didn't really like how condense are the flowers on the Kane's sweatshirt. If a super slim model Jourdan Dunn looks... how to put it...quite big in that sweatshirt, a normal person wearing a sweater like this will look huge. My solution was to cut on amount of flowers and make it more of a playful touch here and there than a flower field on a chest.
What you need to recreate my sweatshirt is:
*a plain sweatshirt of a colour you like;
* a bunch of different fabrics, I went for silk, tulle and organza;
*a few beads;
*scissors, needles and threads;
What you do next: you start to cut flowers of a different size from the fabrics you have. I like the idea of my flowers being a bit clumsy, like a child has been busy cutting them. But if you prefer something more define, go for it. Put your flower application randomly on a sweatshirt. Do not sew it straight away to the sweater. Instead use some pins. You want to try on your sweatshirt with the flowers on and see whether some flowers need to be moved, replaced or taken off.
After you secured your application with the pins on the right places and if you are 100% happy with how it looks, you can proceed with sewing. Sew the beads in the middle of the flowers to add a bit of sparkle and a finishing touch to your sweatshirt.
And voilá your masterpiece is ready!
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