Floral is a standard pattern that you will find each year.  This year is no exception, but there is a particular fabric pattern I think very flattering to larger women.  There are a number of styles where the flowers are bunched in a bouquet around the middle and chest and then fall down the skirt.  If you are unable to find fabric that has this pattern don’t forget you can do it yourself.  

It will take a little work, but possibly not as much as you would think.  The example I give will be for a dress, but you can do the same thing just as dramatically with a shirt and skirt, midriff shirt and pants, jacket and pants, the machinations are endless.  

Find a fabric with the floral pattern in the color pallet that you like.  Then, find a solid fabric that goes with the fabric.  Given today’s fashion, you can go with a cotton, chiffon, silk—the matching fabric does not have to be the same as the flora.  You are going to cut the bodice of the dress in the floral fabric. Then, cut out a petal design from the floral fabric to applique onto your solid fabric.  You may want to vary the size of the petal.  Cut out as many as you would like.  These petals will cascade from you waist down to the bottom of the skirt and collect again, giving you a boarder of flower petals at the bottom of the dress.  You may want to make larger petals for the boarder, because this should be the focus of your dress after the bodice. 
I did a google search and found this at Clipartbest.com.  There are any number of patterns to choose from.

Now that you have all these petals, how do you put them on?  There are several options.  
1)            Fabritac glue.  This glue has a very good reputation for being strong and washable.  It cannot be dry cleaned.  So whatever you make should be something you can just throw into the washer.  The glue takes a while to adhere, so give it a 24 period before drying to work with it again.  First, using a fray check (you don’t need to waste your glue on this) go around the outside of your petals and trim any fraying area.  Pin the petals in place.  If you like what you see--start gluing.  WARNING—you will not be able to remove the glue on the fabric once it is down, so if you make a mistake, you will have a permanently glued spot if you choose to move the petal elsewhere.  Repin the petal in place and wait for it all to dry.  If you are going to bunch the petals at the bottom, and overlap them, you may want to let the glue with the first layer dry before developing the second layer.

2)            Wonder Under.  This is the most popular technique used for doing fabric applique.  It is a web adhesive you can buy at the fabric store.  Double sided, you iron it onto the petal and then remove the backing and iron the petal onto the fabric.  Once the web is on the petal, trim the frayed edge and then iron it to the fabric.  Done correctly, this will be a forever bond.  You do not have to wait 24 hours for drying, and can build your look as soon as the bond cools from ironing.

3)            Hand stitch the petals.  This may not be as onerous a task as you think.  It is very popular to have petals rising from the skirt giving a three dimensional look.  First you will want to glue the edges (FrayCheck or Fabritac glue) and trim.  Then, in the center of the petal, stitch the petal to the fabric.  Do this to all the petals.  This look would be especially nice with chiffon on chiffon, but I have seen it done beautifully with a variety of fabrics. 

I anticipate the project would only take a day.  Remember the petals will act the same way as polka dots, so be careful of you dark and light areas.

Today’s styles not only let you conform style to fit your look…but have a little fun doing it.  Below, I have included a few more variations to inspire you.

Thank you for joining me I look forward to meeting with you next week, until then, God Bless.



02/10/2016 10:45am

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02/13/2017 7:46pm

Fashion is defined as distinctive and often constant trend in the style in which a person dresses. Fashion depends on the behavior and on makes a person happy from what she wants to wear. Floral patterns will never go out of style because it can be used in every occasion. It is appealing to the eyes of the people but when it’s too much use of this pattern, it can disturbing to the eyes of others. It is important to know what’s the latest trend in our current society.

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05/18/2016 3:36pm

Fashion concepts are changing with our mid styles. We are fashioning like our bodies is never wants to wear something. That’s why, while wearing the clothes we are looking like we are wearing nothing. Is this the fashion?

06/23/2016 4:53am

All the outfits look beautiful. Most women consider flower patterned dress as a staple in their closet. But because they are used all year round, this is a great way to spice up our old flower patterned outfit. The process seems easy. It's like I'm designing a scrapbook. Except it's actually a dress. The flowers added a fun, bubbly and fresh touch to the dresses. It looks fun to do it on my dress. Thanks for this fashion tip!

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