A draped butterfly shirt and a lot of handsewing {sort of tutorial}

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Hope you all have a great weekend! Mine was full of sewing so far, but now I finally have to get started with finishing my last essay EVER! (Sounds more fun than it actually is)

Anyway, I took a couple of days off of uni work to finally start working on all the ideas that came to my mind over the last couple of months and I was pretty busy sewing, painting and crafting (as you probably can tell by the increased frequency of blog posts lately 😛 )

After watching waaaaaaay to many episodes of project runway, I really wanted to do some draping on the stand, nothing too elaborate, just some sleeves or a shirt. Then I found parts of a sheer white shirt, you might remember from my embellished sweater post.

draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

embellished sweater

I had thought about making something out of it for a while, but wasn’t really sure what to do with it. After going through my fabric stash I found some remnants of the butterfly chiffon, which you probably recognise since I used it many times before:

Petticoat tutorial 3 layers

Minidress with asymmetrical overskirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The lovely three-layered Petticoat and the chiffon overskirt dress.

(This is so easy, you can do this too! All you need is some drapey fabric and a wide shirt!)

I started loosely draping the fabric and pinning it in place and then chopped off the rest.

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Chop, chop, chop!

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I did all the hemming with a narrow hem foot. It makes it super super easy to get very neat looking, very narrow hems.

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Pretty, right?

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I then draped everything a bit more carefully, pinning everything in place. draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I folded the fabric over and started handsewing the draping onto the white shirt. That took a while, phew!

draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Same procedure at the bust line, this time right sides together.

draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I stitched over the handsewn seam at the bust line after everything was in place, to give the seam a bit more strength. (Some experimenting with ribbon and trim)

I decided to use the same trim I used for the overskirt dress since it matches the butterfly chiffon perfectly.

draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I stitched it onto the left side of the fabric first to hide the raw edges, then on the right side to cover the stitching. I did not use topstitching, but sew the two trims together by hand with a hidden stitch.

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The shirt can be worn two ways:

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It’s quite big (a size 20) but I like that it’s so flowy and wide, perfect for summer. I might try wearing it with a belt, to cinch it at the waist a bit.draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

This is how it looks in the back:

draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The keyhole might be a bit distracting, but is has a lovely golden button and I did not want to remove it 🙂

draped butterfly shirt by thisblogisnotforyou.com

It’s lovely to wear during these incredibly hot summer days and looks a bit more chic than jersey tank tops.

What did you make over the weekend? I’d love to see!


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10 thoughts on “A draped butterfly shirt and a lot of handsewing {sort of tutorial}

    1. Thanks Freya May! I still have some of it left which will probably become a shirred scarf 🙂 but this will then definitely be the last thing – it was only 1,5m/3yards when I bought it 🙂

  1. I love the dropped armcye…and the scarved back tie! I remember that amazing sweater…I believe it’s how I found your blog. (If I remember correctly!)

    Your dress form is quite lovely! That’s similar to the one I learned on. I’ve been looking for one, but I only see the inexpensive light weight ones 🙁

    1. Thanks! The dressform is actually one of the inexpensive ones (40 on amazon) and it worked well so far. But it’s not quite my size, that’S why I’m thinking of making a new one, we’ll see 🙂

  2. Oh wow! This is gorgeous! I think even though it’s so loose and flowy, the fabric is light enough that you don’t really need a belt. Unless you’re just looking to change up the look. 🙂

    1. Thank youu 🙂 I wore it yesterday without a belt and it was super comfy in this hot weather 🙂

    1. Thanks, Rachel! Yup, it also did to me. But once you start it’s so much fun. And since you only pin everything down you can change it as you go along. In a way a much more creative process than pattern cutting!

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