Apostle of Decay



Violet Megpie


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Other Credits

Photographer- Luke H.

Outline the story …

The story behind my design is that I hail from a world where people have become one with mycelium. I made my dress and dyed it with spores from nearby flora in a pond. Lore says that any light spots left in the fabric are remnants of the spirts of the plants. We are meant to blend and stand out with a balance between the two worlds.

My inspiration is mushrooms, moss, and the world's forests as a whole. There are sprinkles of long, flowy dresses and the fairies from The Seven Deadly Sins anime. I wanted to make something that stood out but blended in when you weren't paying attention.

Outline the construction…

This dress was made out of a cotton duvet sheet and sewn by hand.

Sleeves: self-drafted puff sleeve with a layered butterfly sleeve. The seams are overlocked with a blanket stitch.
Bodice: a self-drafted pattern based on a dress I own. The bodice is lined, finished with split stitches, and pressed open. The neckline is finished with bias tape.
Skirt: The skirt is a circle skirt with a bias tape-finished hem. The waist of the skirt has been gathered an inch from the sides in the front and back. The sides are sewn with a split stitch and have been pressed. A pocket has been made and attached to the left side; a piece of bias tape was attached to the pocket and attached to the waistband. A pocket tack was sewn on the bottom outside of the pocket.
The back has been split and finished with bias tape that I pre-made into a point to match the corner that was challenging for me. Pinterest to the rescue. I then added eyelets.

Once the dress was completed, I dyed it navy blue using Rit dye, and it came out 8/10. There are some imperfections in the fabric, but for the first time, I think it went well.  I wanted to look like I belonged with the mycelium.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on April 19, 2024 at 8:04 pm

    This is so beautiful, I really love the post about light spots in fabric being little spirits. And your cap is sooo cute. Well done!

    • Avatar Violet on April 20, 2024 at 5:08 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it, and the little spirit story. 🙂

  2. Avatar Bethany on April 21, 2024 at 8:04 pm

    I love those sleeves! I may use that design for one of my own dresses.

    • Avatar Violet on April 23, 2024 at 1:15 am

      Thank you. Im so happy you may use them in your own dresses. They’re so much fun to wear.

      Some things I did was made the butterfly sleeve armholes larger then the puffs sleeves armholes. I gathered the excess and sewed the sleeve together at the bottom seam and top seam by 1.5 inches each side. This aids in when you go to attach them you’ll have sleeves that look more identical and still have fabric to play with to attach the sleeve to the bodice. I hope this may be helpful.

  3. Avatar Rachel Sullivan on April 23, 2024 at 8:38 pm

    The way you write about your project is so lyrical and I think there’s something very special and very inspirational about the way you’ve dyed the fabric. Also, it fits like a glove!

  4. Avatar Jenny B on April 24, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful concept, and wonderful final product! You achieved a great fit!

  5. Constance MacKenzie Constance MacKenzie on May 13, 2024 at 8:01 pm

    I love how you have characterised your costume and become one with the people of the Mycelium

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