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Summer Butterfly Dress

Added Oct 9, 2008

by pink-umbrella

Sydney, Australia






My first refashioning project!! I took one of mum’s old skirts that she never wore and cut it all up (with her permission, of course!). I first unpicked the yoke and then evened up the top edge. Next, I sewed a VERY basic top for the dress- just two rectangles sewn together (the front rectangle slightley wider, so the side hems would sit closer to the back). I had to double over the jersey I used because it was quite thin. I then used butterfly fabric left over from the yoke of the skirt and cut it into strips, before gathering it and sewing it into the straps. Then, I gathered the skirt so that it fit the circumference of the top I had sewn before sewing it to the jersey top. Added the straps, disguised the stitching with two large orange buttons and VOILA! A dress!

Material Notes

Old skirt (butterfly print fabric), Turquoise jersey, turquoise straps, orange buttons




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    Nov 11, 2008, 08.45 AMby missmojo-1

    Oooh this fabric is so beautiful! :D

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    Oct 29, 2008, 03.06 AMby pink-umbrella

    Hi shortiey! the fade to b&w is an effect that is on my camera- i’m afraid i can’t use photoshop too well so i can’t explain how to do it otherwise!!!

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    Oct 9, 2008, 09.21 PMby shortiey

    love it… AND the photography! how did you do the faded color to b&w effect?

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    Oct 9, 2008, 10.31 AMby sawa

    That butterfly print is just adorable!

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    Oct 9, 2008, 07.23 AMby nuiwida23

    i absolutely love the color in this creation! surely it would brighten ANY day!

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    Oct 9, 2008, 03.12 AMby senasews

    Super cute. The fabric is awesome!

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    Oct 9, 2008, 03.09 AMby deeem


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    Oct 9, 2008, 02.39 AMby verypurpleperson

    such a lovely dress! love the fabric, the buttons, the ruffles on the straps and the blue colour!

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    Oct 9, 2008, 02.29 AMby nikkishell


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    Oct 9, 2008, 02.09 AMby stellacadente

    I love this butterfly fabric and your photo!

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    Oct 9, 2008, 02.00 AMby mjb14

    Beautiful fabric.

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    Oct 9, 2008, 01.42 AMby lybu

    Great fabric !!!

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    Oct 9, 2008, 01.38 AMby justmica

    Love it! It’s great!!

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