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.