Mesh and Rainbow Butterflies

Have you ever seen a fabric loved it, said you wouldn’t buy it, regret not buying it and then just give in and buy as much of it as you can even though you have no clue what you will make with it. WELL that was this mesh fabric. Like a kid those rainbow butterflies just called my name and then they kept fluttering about in my head. So after a day if regretting not buying it, I went back and bought the whole remnant that was left, about 3 yards.

At the epic sewing bloggers meet up with Tabitha Sewer, I won an Emijaa Jaaemil headband and when I saw it I immediately thought, psychedelic. That word just stuck in my head with the metallic fabric that sparkled in a rainbow shine. I am not a big fan of headbands because my head is so tiny but I was going to make this work. I put it on and immediately thought i need to go hippie with this and that’s what I did. 

My whole outfit was inspired by hippie times, from the rainbow butterflies to the big round rainbow glasses, chunky shoes, to the hairstyle. It all worked and it looked amazingly cute and fun. I got so many compliments it was insane. But of course, this fabric was new to me.

The fabric is a pretty sturdy but soft flexible mesh and I knew I could not serge this or you would see it right thought the other side. My only option was french seams, luckily I had done french seams for my Sewn magazine feature so it was fresh in my mind. The frech seams really made this project look so clean and professional. I will confess that doing a french seam on ruffles is a pain in the you know where but it was worth the effort and maybe I did sew a could things on the wrong way to then take it apart and do it again. After I put in the frech seam I did lay them flat and stitch them into place so they wouldn’t get crinkled while wearing and the lines would be clean at all times. TRUST ME you want to do this because it gives it such a beautiful finish on the outside. 

As for the pattern I used I went with the Cynthia Rowley for simplicity 8636, a pattern I have been dying to make for a while now. I did omit the elastic at the neck since I did not want it showing though the neck but other than that no modifications were made except for sewing it with french seams. This pattern was easy to make and would be a quick make if you won’t be using french seams. I am not big on repeating patterns but i think this will be on my “make again” list for sure.

I hope my photos took you on a wild ride of fun and color. I had so much fun wearing this! See you all next time!


  1. July 24, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    Great job! I think I am scared of lace but that’s an amazing top 🙂

    • andrea
      July 24, 2019 / 2:06 pm

      This one was more structured it was not that scary to work with. Trust me I was scared too but once I started sewing it and realized it kept its shape I has so relieved! Thank you ☺

  2. Fiona
    July 24, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    I neeeed this 😍 that material is everything!! 😍

    • andrea
      July 24, 2019 / 2:06 pm

      I just HAD to have this then I saw the fabric at the store lol. Wish there was more! Thank you!

  3. Adria
    July 24, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    Ok, now I know how to sew this fabric,lol. I was thinking of making something with a similar fabric and now I know the trick!

    Super cute too!😘

    • andrea
      July 24, 2019 / 2:31 pm

      Woohoo! Glad I could help! Cant wait to see what you make!

  4. July 26, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    This fabric is so pretty. I love it.

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