Inspired Top with Hand Stitching and Beads
I settled on a simple floral design of a large flower and small one, that I would randomly place across the garment. I cut three stamps from a large eraser - a large petal, a small petal and a circle for the centre of both flowers. I mixed grey acrylic paint with water, in a roughly 2:1 ratio and used a small paint brush to apply paint to the edges of the stamp.
I stamped my way across the fabric until I felt I had dozens of petals and centres. I wanted to play with the placement of the flowers so I stamped many more than I thought I would use. Once the paint was dry I cut them all out.
After playing with the large and small flowers, I settled on a design that I liked. There is no specific order to my design, it's a random mix of large and small flowers with a few single petals thrown in here and there. I didn't carry the appliqué across the left front of the top because it will be hidden by the wrap of the right front. All of the pieces were pinned into place and the stitching began.
Once the appliqué was done I added clusters of beads. Smaller clusters were randomly scattered between the flowers and larger ones were added around the centre of each large flower. Hand beading is slow and tedious - but I love the results.
To keep the top closed, I added small, plastic snaps on each of the front pieces. They are lightweight, simple and discreet.
The finished top. Many hours of work, but a true labour of love. Now, on to the skirt!