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Butterfly Top for Race for Life

Added Jun 28, 2008

by cadetdee

London, United K...






On the 1st of June 08 I was luckily enough to take part and raise money for the Cancer Research UK Race for Life – as I knew I was walking the 5k I wanted to have a more of a “Ladies that Lunch” look for the day.

My Butterfly Top – I had my original Butterfly Top for about three years, I really loved it – well I decided that it may need a revamp as I was not ready to part with it yet – so I had some inspiration to change it around but I wanted it to still keep it’s shape.

So I decided to keep with the Butterfly theme on the front, I drew a large Butterfly free hand on the back at first I thought I would just paint the butterfly on with fabric paint and then I got the idea to appliqué lace on. Although I thought it would be a great idea to actually have lace showing to give a more see thru effect where the wings would be.

I cut out the wing shapes then inserted the lace, this is the long way round, the quickest way as I found out later ,was to stitch the lace on to underneath the top (pink) fabric in the shape I wanted – i.e. Wings then cut the top (pink) fabric carefully away, revelling the lace underneath then zig zag stitch around the edges or leave raw.

Job done! I followed the lace theme on in the front of the top, one finished I went over the wings in sparkly fabric paint. The skirt was one I made a few years ago that I double up as summer dress.

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Cancer Research UK Race for Life

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    Oct 8, 2008, 03.22 AMby justmica

    Love it, it’s great!! Beautiful…!! Race for life?! Wonderful deed from you…

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    Jul 7, 2008, 11.11 AMby cadetdee

    I wish to thank all those that have left lovely comments regarding my Race for Life T-Shirt – I am pretty new to the whole ‘showing the world’ my designs and sewn items via the internet – so it’s really encouraging for me to get sewing and creating – thank you all.

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    Jun 29, 2008, 06.44 AMby carlatv

    Thanks for participating in such a honorable charity that’s very close to my heart. I love the color and pattern in your skirt. Nice idea with your top, I might have to use that technic in the future.

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    Jun 28, 2008, 11.25 PMby marmota-b

    Wow, great job with the lace butterfly in the back, I would be scared of doing such thing!

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    Jun 28, 2008, 01.14 PMby reneebeth

    I love the fabric of that skirt and that you can double it as a summer dress. It looks great, and way to go for saving a shirt you weren’t ready to part with yet!

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