Butterfly Dress: The Making and Display at Rosewood Art Center

In 2016, I saw the most beautiful butterfly dress online and it got me wondering if I should make one. After hours of researching I found a fabric designer on Spoonflower that made large scale butterfly prints. I started saving my dollars while checking out others butterfly dresses and researching the design. I ordered 3 yards of modern jersey knit.

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Two weeks later my knit butterfly fabric arrived and I started researching the Kaftan dress. I knew that was the best direction to go in without cutting it all up in pieces. There were so many wonderful butterfly dresses out there to study. I highly recommend looking some of them up.

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I made the hood really large so it would drape nicely and then I lined the knit hood part in black.

The process was simple although it took a lot of thought. I cut around 2 butterflies, then added the waist scraps to the bottom to add length. Next I put the 2 cut butterflies with right sides together and stitched around all the edges leaving an opening for the head, hands and bottom for legs. I then used a maxi dress pattern to trace the silhouette of a body. This then was simply topstitched around with a jersey needle and a zig sag stitch. Last I added the hood and finger hole cuffs.

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This is a behind the scenes shot. Photos by Robert Parkey III and the model is the lovely Gwen Vo\n\n If you are interested this dress is for sell in TRacyseWS  my etsy shop.

I bought my fabric on Spoonflower from Bonnie Phantasm. I chose the modern knit and I used 3 yards.

Amy Kollar Anderson painted my butterfly dress in 2016. She is an amazing artist and my pictures of her work never do them justice.

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This dress can also be seen at Rosewood Art Gallery’s art ed: an art educators’ exhibition through December 29th along with many other awesome pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes~

Last week was another incredibly busy week.

My Endless Tea and Scones class at Communitea was awesome. I can not wait until the next one this spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget our Dayton Garment Designers Meet Up is this Friday. The public is welcome.

Thank you for reading,

Tracy

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Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
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