If you follow me on Pinterest you'll usually get a clue as to what will be coming up on the blog. It may be a few months down the road, perhaps a year but eventually you'll see my project and go "hey I think I remember seeing that somewhere." Not saying my projects aren't sometimes original but with a tool like Pinterest at your hands it's really hard not to have an idea, google it and easily find something similar to your idea or style. I saw this and I fell in love. The idea of a pleat in the back hiding butterfly wings that peaked out a bit, genius! I wish I could find the original content/ link but another thing about Pinterest is you never know what you're gonna get.
To create this pattern I used Burdastyles Pleated Communion dress as a base for the back.
Since I used a sweatshirt knit I nixed the zipper and I adjusted the bodice in the back so that the pleat started at the neck line. I also did raglan sleeves rather than the regular set in sleeves. I made a neckband and hemmed the sleeves and skirt with a straight stitch while stretching the fabric a little. Probably a 2 1/2 hour project.
For the butterfly I used fabric markers you can pick up at Michaels; make sure you have a 40% off coupon or they can get pricey. I put freezer paper on the back of the fabric to stabilize it while I drew the butterfly. This girly couldn't wait to wear her dress to school, and the best part of using fabric markers is there is no peeling or cracking, stiffness or restriction when stretching. The butterfly took the longest but I don't think it would be the same. Not a fan of butterflies? I'm not really either but I knew Adelle would love it. You could draw little bows, hearts, mustaches, polka dots, airplanes the options are endless. and the results are awesome.