When I don't need or want to wear jewelry but still want some thing pretty to spruce up a neckline I like a good floral corsage. I wear them often on my dresses, suiting, and even on my hats and hair. They are so versatile and not expensive to make either. Today I want to offer up some tutorials on how I made my corsages. For this post, my pink trumpets and rose bud corsage.
Supplies:Of course to make a floral corsage you need a floral element and I love vintage faux flowers. Of course the silk ones from Hobby Lobby or your local craft store will do of course. For mine here they are real vintage faux flowers from the late 40s to the 50s and may be the 60s. I found them on Etsy as a lot. I love to look for large lots of mixed flowers because it makes picking out different pieces easy for me. I have a hard time picking and choosing at times so when someone cane do the work for me I go for it. Lots can be often cheaper than buying one item at a time too. When I finally got my package and began to inspect my treasures, I found many had "Occupied Japan" tags on them. What luck! Real vintage flowers for my real vintage suits and vintage based me made looks. They were also so unique to what was out there commercially too. My lot even had clover leaves and red clover flowers - something I have not found at normal craft stores (at least in my area).
When selecting flowers I like variety and odd numbers. Different shapes, colors, and textures. I like to find flowers in large, medium, and small sizes. Oh, and lots of foliage, I like foliage in my corsages but that is a personal preference.
Assembly:To start the corsage I start with the main piece or what are my bigger flowers:
For interest, I added some rose buds (three of them) and rose leaves for filler:
Tada! All done. To keep my corsage together I used a super fine copper wire that was in my lot. The fine wire is hard to see as it blends in so well and I also made use of the wire stems wrapped around it all to keep them in place. For this one I did sew the fern leaves to the corsage as they did not have enough stem. I never use glue because if I ever want to rearrange this piece all I need to do is untwist the wires and snip a few threads. To secure to my clothes, I use pins.