Monarch Butterfly Skirt

Sometimes, I’ll buy fabric just because it’s pretty and feels nice, even though I have no idea what I’ll make out of it. (Cue “woh-woh” and shot of 3 large bins of fabric sitting in my house.) Anyhoo, the skirt in this video was made from one of those pieces of fabric — a lovely piece of flowy, rayon twill in a smoky blue-grey.

I initially considered painting on seagulls, Japanese cranes, or tropical fish, but I’m glad I finally settled on monarch butterflies. Take a look:

The whole project took about a month and a half to complete, which is why I haven’t posted a video in a while. It is hilariously difficult to sew and film with a baby, especially one who is just starting to crawl and get his little hands into all kinds of trouble. I have bloopers of Poopy crawling into frame during wide shots, his head or feet coming into view while strapped to me in his carrier during close-up shots, and me running to pull Poopy away from electrical outlets, dangling wires, or the camera tripod in several other shots.

For my next sewing project, I’m thinking of doing some kind of big tote bag in leather and cotton twill, with plenty of metal bits to make it look legit. Time to go fabric shopping again …


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