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Gentle Landings: Embellishing Dresses

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2000

Flower girls look enchanting with butterflies fluttering on their dresses. The appliques are easy to attach with a needle and thread. Ribbons streaming from their bouquets are decorated with the same butterflies, which appear to fly through the air when the girls walk.

Tools and Materials
White lace butterfly appliques
Simple dresses
Sewing supplies
24-inch-long ribbons

Embellishing Dresses How-To
1. For dresses, place the appliques in random clusters all over, then sew one or two stitches in the center of each applique to secure.
2. For bouquets, sew an applique to each end of the ribbon, then tie the ribbons around the handle of the bouquet.

Comments (6)


    Hi All, I've found White Butterfly Appliques on Etsy. They look very similar, and may be the exact same..

    Hope this helps! :)


  • karaweil213 22 Sep, 2011

    Has anyone found where I can get these appliques?

  • cove191 25 Aug, 2011

    How can I order these ?

  • attyahjansen 17 Aug, 2011

    How can I order these online? and what is the cost?

  • Phyzik 27 Feb, 2010

    Yes, please advise as to where one can purchase these butterflies online or, in NYC. Thank you!

  • jenmyn 24 Apr, 2009

    Where do you get the lace butterflies?