the decline of the corsage

Okay, well some of you are thinking it. Corsages can be a tad tacky. And outdated. 

They're so 1960's. Maybe that's why Saucy adores them. She just loves the idea of them, you know. It's the idea of having such a fancy event to attend, you feel compelled to pin a living flower to your arm or plunk in on the shoulder of your gown. It's kind of strange, really... an antiquated notion.

Who wants to pick just the right dress and accessorize it just so and plop a mismatched flower on it?

These chicks do. Well, not entirely. 

On the night of the spring formal dance, they gussied themselves up... then they put on corsages... to watch High School Musical. It was their anti-formal event. They had the dresses and wanted to wear them, even if they just hung out and watched movies. 

Saucy was happy to oblige their whim with corsages. All in good fun. Making corsages is quick and easy. It literally costs just pennies, especially if you pick in-season blooms at the grocery checkout.

You'll need: fresh flowers, foliage and filler (baby's breath is ideal but puffs of tulle work too). For flowers, Saucy likes the spicy scent of carnations. The mini sprays are easier to work with. Same with roses. There's something about the nice thin stems of mini spray flowers that make them easy to bunch up and they look a little more glam and retro when they're clustered.

You'll need scissors, ribbon and floral tape. Floral tape is available at florist suppliers, craft stores and sometimes at the dollar store. It is stretchy and tacky and sort of sticks to itself. Its pliability makes it easy to work with. It's incredibly forgiving. (When finished, store in an airtight container or ziploc baggie to keep it soft and usable).

Start by clustering two flowers together, but stagger the meeting point of each bloom. They should appear to sit alongside each other - and then tape the stems together. Just wrap that sticky stuff along the stem.

Once you have the first two flowers placed together, it's easy to start building a shape to your corsage. Just keep adding and building outwards. At this point, Saucy adds her first bit of filler flower and then she ascertains where the back of the corsage will be and she adds the green leaves.

It's that simple, really. If you tape together two tiny completed bunches like this, you basically have a corsage. Add more filler and a bow, and you're done. Attach your bow using wire... slip it between the two bunches that you taped together, then run the wire down the large stem and cover the entire bit with tape. That tape hides everything. The tape also protects the corsage wearer from getting poked by wayward wire.

For a wrist corsage, You can build two tiny corsages and then start taping them together in the midsection with floral tape:

Keep adding flowers inwards to fill the middle and place your bow in the last spot to conceal any empty spots. Since there's no water supply anyway, you can even use hot glue to add the last bits of baby's breath or small buds.

Sheer bows are the most forgiving - and the most festive. It's also soft and smooth against the skin. Honk if you ever wore a corsage with that stiff acetate ribbon on it!  How irritating.

You can attach the wrist corsage to a pre-made elastic bracelet (you can slip stitch one with scraps of sewing elastic) or, as Saucy prefers - just tie it on with a length of pretty ribbon. How retro.

Saucy was pretty pleased with her efforts. After all, it was five dollars' worth of stems and some junk from the craft drawer... and they had corsages to wear





Oh, well.

It's like, really a great movie.

1 comment:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

My grandma had a lovely corsage for her 90th birthday party Sunday. Every year I wish I had one to wear to church on Mother's Day. But I always forget to ask.