I'm working on this dress right now. Loving how it's turning out so far! I'm going to do a series of botanical inspired dresses. This will be the first one.
This one was inspired by a gorgeous photograph by the amazingly talented HoneyTree on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/listing/51216375/deep-purple-art-photography-botanical )
I made the appliques to look 3 dimensional and very organic. I hand cut and texturized all the leaves.
The stems are sewn just up the center so the fabric rolls in on itself.
The poppies started as circles cut with my die cutter. I hand cut some wavey texture across the tops and layered different sized petals.
I pinned them on (not using any adhesive) and straight stitched them on. Then I went back and added in lines on the flowers and leaves to give them more detail and dimension. Can't wait to finish this dress!!