Kristen and I were floored by the response to her version of the cascading flowers jacket. She has graciously agreed to share the steps to create a gorgeous piece of your own. For this project, Kristen used this jacket from Old Navy but any boxy cardigan or jacket should do the trick.
1. Buy about 4 yards of silk charmeause fabric (different weights and tones) - I used tones of cream.
2. Cut petals out of the different types of fabric about 3.5 - 4" H x 2.5" W.
3. Try to kind of vary the sizes so they look more "real"-irregular, as they would naturally appear.
4. Start to fold about 5-7 petals in half and bunch them together in your fingers. Sew the bunch together by hand.
5. You will have something after that that resembles a flower.
6. For this jaceket I made about 30 - 40 flowers. After they were all made I just hand-sewed them along the perimeter of the jacket.
* * * UPDATE from Kristen * * *
Several commenters asked for a template for the petals. Kristen didn't use one - in fact to try to make the flowers look more natural, she varied the shapes and sizes of the individual petals (see steps 2-3). However, I asked her to elaborate on the petals themselves, and how to make a template if necessary:
The petals are a teardrop or egg shape, wider on one end and skinnier on the other end, with rounded edges. To make a template, sketch out a rectangle to the approximate dimensions specified (about 3.5 - 4" H x 2.5" W) and then freehand the teardrop/egg shape within the rectangle.
To create the flowers, fold each petal in half lengthwise to create dimension, then bunch the petals together on the shinny end and hand-sew them together through the bunch.