Thursday, October 4, 2012

Butterfly Top



About 10 weeks ago, I pinned a mini Boden top with felt butterflies appliqued on it with the intention of sewing a knockoff.  I have other sewing that needed to be done *cough, cough* but instead I played around with making butterflies.:)


I cut out a small, medium, and large butterfly templates.



And used 9 different colors of polyester felt.  I used polyester as that was what I had on hand and I knew after making these shirts that it handles the washer and drier just fine.


The above picture shows 2 large, 4 medium, and 3 small butterflies but I ended up using 4 large, 3 medium, and 2 small after playing around with the placement on the t-shirt. 


 I used Wondertape to position the butterflies on the top.




 On the underside, I fused interfacing to support the stitching for the body and antennas of the butterflies.


I used 2 strands of embroidery floss (that's what would fit in the first needle I grabbed!) and did a back stitch with french knots to finish the antennas.  Like the inspiration top, the stitching is done with different colors.  I had to raid my 13 year old's friendship bracelet supply box to get the different colors.;)




A flutter of Butterflies!

In case you're wondering about the top, it was made using the Not So Plain Tee pattern from Sewing Modkid Style.  I made it to be worn with the Jasper Vest and Jodhpurs that I sewed last week.  I apologize for not putting pictures up yet of the outfit on BK.  It's been in the 80's and very humid here.  While I do confess to torturing my kids sometimes, making them wear long sleeves, pants, and a vest in hot weather to take pictures outside isn't something I'm going to do. But it looks like cooler weather is supposed to be here next week... 





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19 comments:

  1. So cute! It's good to play now and then. :-)

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  2. It turned out so cute!! I'm definitely going to have to make one for Myra.

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  3. good job & your probably spent a lot less than $28 to make it, too

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  4. DD looked over my shoulder while I read and now she wants a top just like this. Too cute!

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    1. Get to it, mom!hehe This one is intended for B but I'm sure once M sees it, I'll get a request from her.:)

      C

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  5. Okay, I had no idea polyester felt would hold up like that - that's amazing!!! Totally trying it; thanks for the inspiration! Ani would LOVE a butterfly shirt or dress! I needed some inspiration...thank you!

    C.

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    1. I double checked yesterday and ran the shirt through the washer/dryer and yep, it looked just the same coming out as it did going in!

      CM

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  6. I love it Cindy - and Lucy has just ordered one for herself! (she's sitting on my lap!)

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    1. Don't you love how they do that? BK does the same!

      C

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  7. Okay,I have visions of a coral tee with monochromatic butterflies for Tildy now!
    Love it,gosh you are clever!

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  8. The hand stitching in different colours really makes them! I always want to do the latest project I've thought of, instead of the list in logical order.

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    1. Thanks! My middle daughter has put in a request for one of her own.:)

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  10. These are so cute! Great idea.

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