For this last (tear) knit I took a very light ballet looking top I bought at Community Aid for $1 and added nylon chiffon embellished flowers. Since the knit was so gauzy and light I knew that felt was NOT the way to go. And I think the chiffon looks just right for the weight of the fabric. See the before.
The flowers were made by taking layers of chiffon and melting the edges with a candle. I thought it might be tedious at first but the process actually went along quite quickly and it only took me about 30 minutes to make 16 flowers with 6 layers of chiffon each. Not too bad.
I only added them to one side for an asymmetrical look but I also thought they would look fantastic on both sides for a full but light feel.
Now for my small announcement, and I do mean small. I'm sorry if I might have led some of you on, it's nothing big. I just wanted to announce that I have loved this series so much and it's gotten such a fantastic response from you that I plan on continuing and doing it on a weekly basis along with my other weekly posts-Thrift Store Thursday, Technique Tuesday (which will be coming back now that EKM is over). I tried to do both in the beginning and yes, it was just lofty thinking.
I like the alliteration, but there's no weekday that begins with an 'E' or 'K'. If any of you out there can think of a cute title I'd love to hear it!
1. First things first, please ignore my embarrassing excuse for a dining table. The girls have colored on it with marker and crayons....and paint and God knows what else. And I have always intended to someday sand it all off but as you can see, that's never quite happened. So please forgive me:) Now, on with the show....cut 3 sized chiffon circles. You don't have to use nylon chiffon since you will be melting the edges. Make 32 of each size. What I did was accordion fold the fabric and cut 16 at once. The biggest is 4", medium 3" and smallest 2".
2. Taking two layers at once hold it AN INCH AND A HALF over a candle. Do not let the flame catch the fabric. YIKES! That would be bad. In fact maybe you should keep a glass of water nearby in case that might happen. The heat from the candle a couple inches above the flame should be enough to melt the edges just enough to look pretty. You will be able to instantly see the edges melt. Only melt them as much as I did in the picture to the left.
3. Use two layers of each circle and layer them so that you have the largest on the bottom and smallest in the center. There should be six layers of chiffon. Use a pin to hold the layers together until you are ready for the next step.
4. Pin flowers to sweater in the places you would like them to be and sew to sweater in centers.