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[First Project Here!] Monarch Butterfly Dirndl Skirt

Added Sep 17, 2016

by NuddyBar

Toronto, Canada






I started this project as a stash-buster — something to use up 3 yards of smoky blue-grey rayon I bought on impulse from a remnant bin on Queen Street, Toronto (guy at the store: That fabric was really popular. I sold a ton of it! How about $6/m?). Fast forward to 3 years later, and I’ve finally got around to using up this stuff …

The skirt was really simple to sew and design. It’s a long, elastic waist, dirndl skirt, but to jazz it up, I added a slight high-low hem, and side slit pockets. For extra DIY giggles, I hand-painted a bunch of monarch butterflies up the back.

All in all, this project took about a month and a half to finish, what with a baby wiggling and crawling around under foot, and waiting a day in between butterfly colour layers to let the fabric paint dry completely. Good thing I captured the whole process in a YouTube video and blog post for posterity!

This is the first project I’m posting on BurdaStyle after skulking around the site on and off for the past few years. (“Oh, my stuff isn’t good enough. My stuff looks weird. I don’t have any real sewing training.”) Bah! Excuses! So here I am, taking the plunge into the wonderful world of BurdaStyle with you!

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my project and let me know what you think.

Next Up: I try to sew something once a month or so and create a YouTube video and blog post for the project. Next up is a grey flannel and leather tote for fall!

Material Notes

rayon twill




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic
Blends, Polyester, Rayon, Silk

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    Oct 2, 2016, 02.04 PMby sewing fanatic

    I love the hand-painted art, this is fabulous and original!

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    Sep 21, 2016, 02.47 PMby slmnstyle

    Nice skirt! I love the butterflies! Hope to see more of your creations on here :)

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      Sep 21, 2016, 11.14 PMby NuddyBar

      Thank you so much! I hope to have another project up in a couple of weeks :D

      Your projects are gorgeous, btw — they all look like pieces you could buy in a high-end boutique!

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    Sep 20, 2016, 06.37 AMby Maria Hayek

    Jaw dropping butterflies! Nice skirt in general! I’m glad you overcome the excuses and starting posting here, a lot of us are mere sewing enthusiasts with little to no sewing training (like me :D), but will, trial & error and a bit of google and youtube makes wonders :D

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      Sep 21, 2016, 11.27 PMby NuddyBar

      Thank you so much for lovely comment! Google and YouTube are definitely great teachers :P I have The Complete Book of Sewing, but I learn techniques so much faster by watching videos online. I try to practice a different skill whenever I start a new project, so hopefully the quality of my stuff will keep improving!

      I love your “Coat for Erik” project. I remember seeing that coat pattern on Colette and wanting to try it out.

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      Sep 22, 2016, 05.28 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you! The coat is a really nice and simple to sew pattern, go for it :)

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    Sep 20, 2016, 04.37 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    This is fantastic!!!

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      Sep 21, 2016, 11.32 PMby NuddyBar

      Thank you!

      I took a peek at your Studio and your projects are amazing! So much life and movement and colour in your clothes, and you have such an eye for beautiful fabric.

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