Silk butterfly embroidery and Flowergirl dress for Erica

Silk embroidery by Felicity Westmacott: ivory butterflies in Japanese silk thread
Erica bought her dress on the high street and then had it made truly individual with hand embroidered butterflies on the train.

The butterflies were stitched using Japanese silk thread in two shades, white and cream, to just glimmer against the warm ivory of Erica’s dress. Each butterfly was individual, with different sizes, wing shapes and subtle wing patterns. Their bodies and antenna were picked out in tiny clear seed beads sewn on with silver thread.

Silk embroidery by Felicity Westmacott: ivory butterflies in Japanese silk threadSilk embroidery by Felicity Westmacott: ivory butterflies in Japanese silk thread with train hook-up

One butterfly was made ‘3D’ with ivory silk chiffon wings lifting up from the dress. This butterfly was sewn next to the bustle-loop on the train so that when the skirt was hooked up later in the day the chiffon butterfly was resting just at the top of the bustle.

Flowergirl

Flowergirl dress by Felicity Westmacott, butterfly brocade and burgundy ribbon

I also made a flowergirl dress for Erica’s little bridesmaid. It was made in ivory satin with a butterfly pattern on the bodice and a narrow burgundy ribbon around the high waistline.

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