Rabu, 29 September 2010

Target Tuesday: Floral Corsage Tank

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Ever since Jenna Lyons took over as creative director at J.Crew in 2007, I have been completely obsessed with their clothing.  I love all their vintage-inspired details - from the ruffled edges on the cardigans to the organza petals fluttering about their t-shirts.  Whenever I go shopping at J.Crew with my girlfriends, they always tease me about the fact that I will pick up a flower-embellished garment and say "I can make that".  Well, maybe I could (maybe not!), but I never tried...until today.  
So, I headed over to Target in search of some basic tops that I could give a "J.Crew-esque" makeover.  I immediately found what I was looking for when I spotted this lavender-pink ribbed cotton tank.

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At only $7.99, the price was right and I loved the color.  I decided it would look perfect embellished with a corsage of fabric flowers, so I gathered together the supplies that I needed:

*scraps of fabric in a variety of textures (velvet, organza, tulle, satin)
*sew-on velcro (not the sticky kind!)
*rhinestones or other embellishment
*needle and thread (in coordinating shade)
*marking pencil

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I began by making my fabric flowers.  There are a great many tutorials out there on how to do this, but I just kind of make mine up.  I start by cutting out a bunch of flower shapes in several sizes - and the great thing about this is that they can be very imperfect flower shapes.  In fact, the more funky the shapes are, the more interesting your flower will look.

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I suggest using a variety of different textured and colored fabrics.  I chose tulle netting and several different satins in shades of cream, lavender, mauve, and pink.  Once you have a bunch of cut-out flowers, just stack them up and sew them together with a few stitches in the middle.  The number of flower layers is up to you - but the more layers, the more substantial and dramatic your flower will be.

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If you gather up (scrunch!) the middle of each flower a bit, you will get more of a fluffy, 3-D effect.

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When you are happy with your flowers, you can add some rhinestones or crystals to the centers.

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If you use washable fabrics, you can sew your flowers directly onto the tank. Personally, I find that the flowers never quite look as good again after they are washed, so I prefer to attach them with velcro. Then I can simply just remove them before I toss them in the wash.  To do this, I just sew on some small pieces of velcro to both the back of my flowers and the tank itself.

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Make sure to lay out where you want your flowers to go first so that you know exactly where to sew the velcro pieces onto the tank.

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That's it! Now attach your flowers and you are good to go...a J. Crew-inspired floral corsage tank for about $10!

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Happy Tuesday!

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