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Gentle Landings: Embellishing Dresses

Photography: Amy Neunsinger

Source: 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.


  • White lace butterfly appliques

  • Simple dresses

  • Sewing supplies

  • 24-inch-long ribbons


  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.

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