Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Corsage Shirt to match your leggings!

So you caught this post earlier in the week, you saw that I gutted a pair of maternity pants to make leggings.  (Go check out the tutorial here!)

First, I promised a better picture.  (See above...thank you to my adorable model....)

Second, I am determined to use more of my stash.  In my stash was this long sleeve shirt that I got on clearance at Wal*Mart.  (Normal people just have fabric...I occasionally pick up plain shirts like this on the off chance someone would need a personalized shirt last minute.  Not that I ever do stuff last minute...(check out the gift costume.)

I remember once seeing a tutorial for a fabric flower made from folded circles, but I can't remember where (If you know, drop a line in the comments and I will edit the post to give credit....thanks!) so like so much in my sewing....I winged it.

***ETA:  I finally remembered where I saw the original tutorial...check it out here: and you will spend hours looking at all her wonderful tutorials and posts!

I used a can of canned air as a template for my circles.  Why?  Because it was handy.  :)  For the smaller circles I used an ice cream sundae dish from the play kitchen.  You can choose whatever you like, but the circles were about 3" and 2.5" ish in diameter.

I started with the large cicles.  Place one down as a base.

 Take your second large circle and fold in half....
 And in half again.
 Lay this on top of your base so that the point is in the center of the base circle.
 Stitch.  Repeat with 3 more so that you have a base with 4 folded circles on top.  I made sure that the "open" side was always the same way.  I used matching thread and a zig zag stitch.
Grab 4 smaller circles from your pile.  We are going to fold these in quarters also and attach the same way.
For best results, stagger this row.
 Stitch on button blingy as the flower center.  The more shine, the least to a first grader!
Finished corsage

Now you have a shirt to "match" your leggings!

Now I am working on a skirt to finish the look.  I love having girls!
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  1. This is totally random but I'm one of the aides at Katie's school and just this morning I told her how much I loved her flower on her shirt and she told me all about your blog!! I thought your gift costume for her was fabulous and was obsessed with it! You've got SO much talent and your little girl is very proud of you! Great job!

  2. so fun! I love girly accessories too :)

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!! :)

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  4. Indeed, you have an adorable model! ;) That's a great idea to tie the leggings and top together that way. And I'm with you on buying shirts, skirts, etc. to reuse the fabric. I think it's a great upcycling idea.

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  5. found this on one pretty thing. so cute i love it!

  6. you seems so beautiful in wearing this,like just,,just you are giving off beauty in a way a flower does,really amazing,you should have own this to comply with you really, at:

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