Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Tutorial: How to Make a Satin Rosette

So this week I've been working on some bridesmaid dresses that will have satin rosettes decorating the top of the bodice. In fact I had to make 28 of them! I'm also making another 12 in a different colour to add to some fur stoles.

Fortunately rosettes are quite easy to make and don't take much time. This tutorial will teach you how to make your own rosettes for any kind of craft or garment decoration. I am sure there are other methods and rosettes can come in different sizes and shapes but I'm just going to focus on this one style for this step-by-step.

1. Take a strip of your chosen fabric and trace out the shape in the photo below. Its a kind of rectangle with pointed ends. These don't need to be cut on the bias but you will get a better result than if you cut on the straight of the fabric.

You don't have to use the same size as mine, you can make the strip longer for a bigger rosette but try not to make it too wide as it won't look as natural. This rosette is about 20" x 4".

2. Now the next step is to fold the strip of fabric in half, wrong side to wrong side, and to press it in place.

3. That raw edge doesn't look too nice so we need to overlock it. If you don't have an overlocker your sewing machine should have a similar function but if all else fails just use a zig zag stitch - we're just trying to prevent that edge from fraying.

4. Next you need to change the stitch length on your sewing machine to 5 as you're going to do a tacking stitch. Start with a back stitch, sew along the top edge of the overlocking as a guide but don't back stitch when you reach the end, just run straight off.

5. Grab the top thread from the end you left loose and start to pull the fabric towards the other end of the strip. This is how you gather the strip into a tighter, curved shape.

To make this a little easier, when trimming the thread from the machine once you've finished sewing cut one thread shorter than the other.

6. You can gather the strip as tight or loose as you want, experiment to see the different shapes it creates. I like to gather it quite tightly which creates a more rose bud look.

Now take one end of the strip and start to twist it into shape. Use the overlocking as a guide and always try to keep it all aligned, this ensures that the bottom of the rosette is flat and just gives a much better even shape. Once you're done, one end of the strip will be right in the centre and the other on the outside.

7. Make sure you can't see any overlocking from the top, check the shape and then put a pin through the bottom to hold it in place. If you have kept the overlocking straight at the bottom of the rosette the pin should hold the rosette together and it shouldn't come apart. If it does then you need to re-arrange it.

Using a needle and thread simply sew the bottom of the rosette in place. Don't sew it too tightly though as that may pull it out of shape.

And there you have it! One rosette. Now to make 39 more!

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