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Butterfly Garden Mariya Lilith  Butterfly Garden Mariya Lilith  Butterfly Garden Mariya Lilith

Butterfly Garden Mariya Lilith    Butterfly Garden Mariya Lilith

 

Butterfly Garden

Mariya Lilith, Arizona, USA

 

The Design

My inspiration is the story of Eros and Psyche. It is a story I became familiar with in my early teens ~ about the time I met my husband, Daniel. Aphrodite, the mother of Eros, disliked Psyche for something she had no control over ~ her beauty. My mother-in-law disliked me immensely for something I had no control over ~ my color. Just like Psyche, there were many trials I had to overcome throughout our relationship. Although my husband always supported and encouraged me, like Eros, he would not openly go against his mother.

Eros and Psyche's story is the inspiration, but the real story is about my husband and me. I wanted to create an outfit that expresses how I feel about our eternal connection. I incorporated many symbols: the butterfly (the symbol of Psyche ~ Psyche means spirit) and Victorian floral language, specifically flowers that attract butterflies: Angelica (Your love is my guiding star), Phlox (Our souls are united), and Amaranth (Faith, immorality and unfading love).

I wanted to incorporate Eros with a blouse I was attempting to turn into a lightly boned top. It had a small all~over dove pattern. Bird wings are a symbol of Eros and this is a blouse my husband had given me more than twenty years ago. I had to stop working on it before I destroyed it.

 

The Construction

This is the first time I've sewn silk (the slip) or cotton voile. I've only sewn medium weight cotton before this. It's also the first time I sewed a French seam, and it came out great! It's the first time I've done any embroidery other than cross stitch, and it's the first time I've done it on a garment. It's the first time I made fabric butterflies ~ silk organza. I underestimated the amount of time I would need for the hand embroidery.

The FR conference calls helped me a lot, mostly with encouragement and the camaraderie.

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

Start sooner rather than later. Upon completion, I realized I could have done this earlier this year. I was holding out for when I had better materials. In the end I had to use what I had on hand. If I'd done that from the beginning, I'd have had something to fall back on. And of course, I'd worked out the design in more detail than one would with a mock up.

Even though what I turned in is much different than what I envisioned (I had to make it achievable) and even though it didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, I'm still glad I entered. It's a growing process. Working through this project has given me a list of skills I want to focus on; basic skills that would help me the most.

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Love the embroidery here - something I really would love to master!
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mlilith
Thank you! Something I'd love to master also :)
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carolien
Beautiful embroidery, and I love the placement of the details on the skirt. You did a great job, especially since this is your first time sewing with these materials. Well done!
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mlilith
Thank you. I rediscovered an art I had only dabbled with in the past. I plan to use it a lot more.
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sophia_k
Nice French knots.
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laurata
I love the symbology you've used, and the intricate details in the embroidery. What you've done is an incredible accomplishment!
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mlilith
Thank you. The symbology was the most important part for me. It might have been easier if I had planned an entry that didn't incorporate it, but it wouldn't have meant as much. I'm glad I did it this way :)
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lcostigliolo
Lovely embroidery. I love how you use the symbology to tell your story.
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mlilith
Thank you. The symbology was important to me.
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lyrisdesign
I love the symbology and the embroidery is gorgeous!
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mlilith
Thank you. I enjoy incorporating symbols onto clothing. I look forward to getting better at it.
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jema
the embroidery is like a lovely watercolour painting - light and airy but with real emotion too
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mlilith
Yes! That is a great description of what I was going for. I saw a 1890s gown made of cotton voile and it felt fresh and airy (it was all in white) and yet still formal. That's was the confirmation I needed that cotton voile could hold it's own in competition entry :)
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aprix13
Your motifs are beautiful. I love that you took inspiration from a elements story that are similar to your life. Thank you for sharing.
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mlilith
Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate that.
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royalblack
The story behind your creation really moved me, thank you for sharing it with us, Mariya!
Also: Great job with the embroidery! It's so beautiful and delicate and I can only imagine how long it must have taken you to finish.

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mlilith
Thank you.

Lol, I was embarrassed by the amount of time the embroidery took. I had underestimated, thinking it would be similar to cross stitch. My goal was to create something well made that told our story. He was my best friend.

I learned a great deal from this experience. In particular, which skills to focus on.

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paulay71
I love the shape of the skirt and the embroidery is a beautiful delicate finish
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mlilith
Thank you. It was a challenge to keep the embroidery light enough that the skirt would remain light. It was a great learning experience.
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You have done an amazing work- to take all these challenges - everything for the first time - with such difficult materials is really admirable, and you succeeded so well! I love these fine butterflies and also I'm moved about the story and the thoughts behind and with your work! What a most beautiful declaration of love to your husband and to your life! just great!
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mlilith
Thank you so much for commenting. Everyone's comments have been so encouraging and I really appreciate it. I'm such a newby that everything feels new. What's funny is I never thought of myself as a newby. I guess I should say I'm a master designer (lol, in my head). Eventually, I'll get my skills to match those ideas.
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cathyhay
Mariya, thank you for opening up and sharing the very personal story behind this piece. It must have been an emotional experience to work on it, and that's why you ARE a master designer. You're the master at telling your own story... but it's having this much love and meaning in what you're making, this early in the game, that carries you through the challenging times to a place where you begin to master your skills. Thank you so much for sharing this project with us! (And it's lovely, of course, I didn't even get to that part!)
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Mariya
This was a labor of love, that's for sure. But I've always thought of clothing as a way to tell a story, even if it's just details like buttons. Your encouragement meant so much to me! :) This year, I'm starting sooner!!
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cahueful
Mariya,
This is all beautiful. The huge challenges of your project and your story, and how you have taken your journey your through them. Thank you for sharing. The skirt is beautifully fit. Not an easy task to get such a lovely drape. The embroidery and embellishments are so sweet. The butterflies look ready to take flight. Well done.

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Mariya
Thank you so much!
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Jeanette Murray
Such a special creation with the symbology and all the first attempts! Beautiful!
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Mariya
Thank you.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
The symbology is so incredibly special! All those firsts were so worthwhile as the result is beautiful!
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Mariya
I agree, the challenges were worth it. Thank you.
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Can I just say how much I love the inspiration behind your entry. I love how personal this project has been for you and how you've interpreted the theme of the competition in a way that has been able to be a creative and meaningful outlet for you. The french seams are astounding and you should be proud of what you've achieved and how much you've learnt along the way. It's great to have join in on all the calls as well Xx
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Mariya
Thank you so much for commenting on the French seams. I actually am happiest about that :)

I love being part of the calls even when the conversation is about something I'm not working on. I save that information for when I'm ready for it. I hate missing a call, but fortunately there is playback :)

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redthreaded
I love the story behind the project. And your embroidery is beautiful!
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Mariya
Thank you!
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