Making your own rosettes is easy and they look very impressive. You can use one as a brooch or use a bunch to decorate a gown.
In order to make this you will need several strips of fabric cut on a bias (45 degree angle). The length and width of the strips will determine the size of your rosette (I am using a 3 x 18″ strip for my first layer). Fold the strip in half and overcast stitch around all cut edges. This stitch is good for gathering and will keep your rosette from fraying. I recommend millinery Hy-Mark #24 thread for this (it’s waxed and very strong). Make sure to use thread long enough for the job.
Tightly gather the strip, overlap the edges and stitch them in place. You have finished your first petal layer.
Take your second strip of fabric. It should be shorter and less wide than the first one (mine is 2 x 13″). Repeat all the steps you did to make the first layer. Place the second petal layer on top of the first one and overcast stitch them together. Continue making smaller layers using the same technique until your rosette is full.
I decorated my rosette with seed beads. I will make it into a brooch for a beret that is a part of my 1940-50′s inspired millinery collection.