Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Butterflies and Tulips

Added Sep 7, 2013

by Ezzles

Sydney, Australia






One of my friends got married today! When we got their save the date card back in January, I naturally started thinking about making something to wear. I’d had the Decades of Style 1930s Butterfly Blouse pattern for awhile, waiting for a reason to be made, and this turned out to be the reason!

I found this beautiful but very pricey red silk at the Tessuti post-Christmas sale. It then sat in the fabric dresser for months until it became obvious I’d have to get over my terror of cutting such expensive fabric if I wanted an outfit in time for the wedding. It was terrifying to cut and sew, but I LOVE the end result. Those sleeves are gorgeous! They flutter around and they’re just so PRETTY! I changed the construction slightly to make the sewing easier, since it was such a slidey fabric, and I did a rolled hem around all raw edges instead of the French binding the instructions said to use.

A top is not an entire outfit, so I also needed a skirt to wear with it. I thought of a tulip-style skirt, and downloaded the Marie skirt pattern from Burda. I made that using a purple polyester shantung, and unfortunately the pleats were VERY stiff in it and I was very unhappy with the way it sat. I don’t need help making my butt look big! I took apart the back of the skirt, and sewed a new seam so it would be more of a pencil skirt at the back. I then realised I couldn’t walk or sit down in how narrow that made the hem, so I improvised a split in the back seam. I also tacked down the front pleats so they wouldn’t stick out so much either, and I’m much happier with it now.

It was a lovely day and a lovely wedding! Photos are taken in the chapel garden, by pambox as always.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Polyester, Silk


    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites no one added it

This project is based on