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AshleyRae
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2011 08:44:22 PM »

Your dress is stunning!  It is beautiful and must have taken hours, have you got any construction details for it?  It also looks really wearable too.

As far as construction details, I'll do my best.

I used orange satin and free-handed a wing pattern.  I made 7 panels and backed them with stretchy red satin.  I have a butterfly book, so I picked the best monarch picture I could find and used about 15 jumbo black permanent markers to make the design (I tried Rit Dye, but it just ended up running when it got wet).  I didn't want to use a bunch of black fabric paint because I didn't want the fabric to get stiff.  The marker worked beautifully.  I did use white fabric paint to make the white dots, though.

I pinned the panels onto a black strapless dress and kept rearranging them until I got a layout I liked.  I then sewed the panels onto the skirt of the dress - the panels flare out nicely when I dance, but the skirt of the strapless dress base provides modesty. 

Lastly, I cut the bust of the dress into a sweetheart neckline and added some scrap orange satin, because it needed a little extra something. 

Hope that answers your questions Smiley  And thanks, everyone, for the wonderful comments.  My ego's nearing the size of Texas ;P
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2011 10:35:12 AM »

Beautiful!!!

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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2011 11:49:56 AM »

Gorgeous.
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2011 11:51:47 AM »

Lovely! I already This Rocksed this when it was in Homage; good to see it getting a wider audience here.
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AshleyRae
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2011 03:02:29 PM »

Lovely! I already This Rocksed this when it was in Homage; good to see it getting a wider audience here.

Aww, shucks! 
Thanks! 
By the way, you guys sure do know how to make a girl feel special ;P
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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2011 03:29:45 PM »

Fantastic!!! I absolutely love it! And your dress looks as awesome as original one.. You did such a great job!
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« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2011 03:37:43 PM »

Love your dress!  It's just as beautiful as the Luly Yang original, and much more wearable.  Now I want to make one too :-)  Here's a link to someone else making a butterfly dress http://anotherhappygroom.wordpress.com/category/dress/the-ceilidh-dress/

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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2011 07:55:41 AM »

my favorite species of butterfly combined with my favorite art? You rocked my world!
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2011 06:37:32 PM »

This is gorgeous! I rarely wear dresses and I feel like I would rock this shit outta this! Well done! Grin
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2011 06:40:50 PM »

Glad to see this awesome dress is getting the attention it deserves! Smiley
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