fabric and styling inspiration for the butterfly skirt

Yesterday I showed you some ideas for the Butterfly Blouse. Today let’s talk about the Butterfly Skirt, shall we?




  1. The classic summer outfit, right? White blouse, floral skirt.
  2. This watercolor-inspired floral would be a beautiful fabric for the skirt.
  3. Another pretty floral skirt to inspire you.
  4. Love this simple geometric print. It feels so fresh and summery.
  5. Aren’t these metallic polka dots pretty and sophisticated?
  6. Striped pleats are always a fun option.
  7. A simple monochromatic floral keeps the skirt interesting but makes it really easy to mix with other prints and colors.
  8. Chambray. Always.
  9. This floral has the retro charm a bit of a vintage feedsack, which I love.
  10. I love a good summer plaid, and this one would be great for dressy occasions, too.
  11. Eyelet and lace are so popular right now, and with good reason. They’re great for summer.
  12. A fun geometric confetti print. You could even add some random tassels here and there for a little extra interest.
  13. A simple, solid skirt with metallic cord detail and bow. How stunning!
  14. Yarn-dye stripes with either painted or appliqued details at the hem.
  15. This geometric print has a bit of a retro feeling, in a good way.
  16. Metallic for fancy occasions. Or just for fun. I love the metallic-printed linens at Gray Line Linen if you’re looking for a more subtle version of metallic.

Here’s another similar skirt. I love the texture of this one.


green skirt


And just for good measure, what about a skirt with a contrast front waistband? I love the little bow, too.

bi-colored skirt 1

What do you think? Have you decided on your first Butterfly Skirt yet?


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  1. Erin Waters

    Is a striped fabric ok for this skirt, or will the stripes become wonky when the pleats are added to the front?

    1. Erin, that depends on what you mean by wonky, I suppose. We used a striped fabric for S’s skirt in this post. http://oliverands.com/community/blog/2015/04/introducing-the-butterfly-blouse-skirt-sewing-pattern.html#more-44680 But the hem of the skirt is a bit curved, and of course the pleats will offset the stripes a bit. So if you’re planning to use a horizontal narrow-striped fabric, the stripes won’t line up perfectly.

  2. Erin

    Ok, thanks for the help!

  3. Sarah Helene

    What an array of different fabrics as well as colors for your Butterfly Skirt pattern! Love so many. Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

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