Tuesday, February 16, 2010

3rd Entry

OK this is my last entry for this challenge. What do you guys think? I am calling it the funky gilded butterfly dress.


This one shows the color the best. I edited to add this one because the other ones were looking a little too fluorescent to me! It can be hard to get good pictures! I would have loved to share some modeled ones but these are for my niece in Minnesota and didn't get them there in time. (Well one outfit did, but she hates to get pictures taken lol.)


I used some super soft t-shirt weight knit and the Sienna Dress pattern from Lil Blue Boo and added ribbing at the bottom to make it sort of a bubble/long sweatshirt dress. (Remember those that we used to wear in the 80's??) I also added some ribbing to the sleeve, and pieced the applique. I don't know if I'll ever be so happy to sew a straight seam again after sewing all the little pieces of that applique!! I used Tulip brand fabric spray paint glitter and sprayed each color of fabric really well and let it dry. Then, I cut out the applique using an image I printed out on freezer paper and used Steam a Seam Lite 2 to attach it to the dress. Then ironed that on, and sewed around all the edges!

For the center, I decided to get funky and try something totally different. I rolled up some brown nylon chiffon, and wound and sewed some silver embroidery thread around it. So the little butterfly body is 3-D! Then I used the silver embroidery thread to hand embroider the antennae. This was a fun challenge that Lil Blue Boo offered and I love her patterns!

7 comments:

mamas*little*treasures said...

Good morning Natalie - thanks for visiting my blog! I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone in doing battle with the Paper Monster ;o) Also, I LOVE your beautiful applique!!! I have several applique patterns that I have created, but I'm pretty sure that none of them are as gorgeous as your butterfly. Keep up the good work and please stop back and visit me again. Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

Suz said...

NATALIE!! Holy Crap! I've always known u are incredibly talented but seriously? WOW!!! (if i could make that any bigger i would.) This is FREAKING AMAZING! First of all, i wish i had the patience like u to do all that work. Second, and hopefully i dont offend anyone with this, but yours is SO SOOO much cuter than the one in the pattern. Third, how the heck do u come up with all these incredibly creative ideas??

Kestlyn said...

Sew cute! Great work on that gorgeous applique!

Jana said...

I LOVE THIS!! So much fun! Sporty but girly!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! 80's are back and you are right on the money with this! I'd totally buy this for my niece if it was in a store!

Kara said...

You are so amazingly talented! Fabulous job on all 3!

Kathi said...

That is so beautiful! (Is that the right word?) Somehow, my back aches when I study it. I picture you bending over the machine tediously sewing all that detail.
Terrific entry!

JoAnna said...

Yeah. Uh. WOW!!!! That is amazing! I know she is going to L-O-V-E it!!!