So I forgot all my formal dresses at home when my friend asked me to go to his fraternity's formal-- so I needed to come up with something to wear. I went to Goodwill one Sunday morning and this red dress was squeezed between a bunch of frumpy smocks. For the black flowers I bought this extra-large size 20 velveteen dress and cut it up and glued the flowers to the dress.
First you need fabric to cut up and make the rosettes. I chose a size 20 dress I got from Goodwill and cut it up.
I LOVED this material. One side it was velveteen and the other side it was satiny. It FLEW through the sewing machine.
* Obviously you need a base dress as well. ;)
You need to have circles for the bases of your rosettes and then you need to save a significant amount of fabric to cut strips that you will sew into a swirl around the circle base.
Next you need to take your strips and your circles and make the rosettes. Starting in the middle of the circle base, you need to start sewing around in a swirl. Keep sewing around and around until you get to the outside of the base. The thicker your strip of fabric, the smaller amount of times that you will need to go around the circle.
Play with it! Many of my flowerettes are trial-and-error. :)
Once you have enough rosettes, it is time to start gluing them to your base dress. I use any type of fabric glue that says it is safe to wash the garment.
As you are gluing the rosettes, be extra careful where you are placing them on the dress. I planned the design of my rosettes before I glued them on. After you plan it, just glue! You will have a one-of-a-kind dress to wear to holiday parties/ dances/ formals!