Pink butterflies and pleats = perfect summer dress!

Spoiler alert – I love this dress. It is a triumph of love. I am going to start right off and say that the pleats are magnificent – not just because they look stunning but because they reflect a significant amount of dedication and concentration.

Butterflies Chambray Fabric

Who doesn’t love butterflies? The way they float gracefully through the sky with a delightful charm. Butterflies Chambray Fabric captures the delightful flitting here and there nature of butterflies perfectly. The fabric itself has a deep blue background – with printed fluttering butterflies that evoke a summer look and feel. It’s a captivating fabric that will make you love anything you sew out of it. Options were abound and enticing – Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress or Deer and Doe Melilot or Grainline Studio Archer Shirt? All options equally appealing, however, in the end I went for a maxi dress.

I’ve always wanted a chambray maxi dress. At 59” width yardage to play around with you get quite a lot of fabric for your money. I found the lightness of this fabric particularly well suited to the flow-y style of the pattern. For the contrast I went for a Lady McElroy Plain Blue Chambray. Their weights were a good match. The chambray is really soft and smooth with a bit of lustre. It’s perfect for summer weight sewing projects.

Burda Maxi Dress

I knew the pattern had to have swathes of fabric when I was coming up with this project. It took a while for me to land on this Burda 8/2016 #118 maxi dress pattern simply because the recommended fabric for the style is chiffon. Once the idea sparked though, I couldn’t let go of it. The rest was history. I had just enough contrast to do the upper front bodice pieces and the back bodices. The sewing pattern comes in size EUR36 –EUR44. I sewed size 38 and the fit, as I have come to expect from Burda, is near perfect for me.

My favourite feature is the high low hem adorned with the pleated valance. This worked due to how well the butterfly chambray fabric presses. It presses really well with a steam iron. I used my clapper to press down the pleats for the extra sharpness. In total the hem needed just over 7 meters of fabric to be pleated. It was 12 pleats to a metre.

Sewing Construction Details

For interfacing I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the front and back facings. I finished all seams with an overlocker and used an invisible zip on the centre back. It all came together beautifully. I really enjoyed creating this project.


How I can I not love this chambray maxi dress? Perfect fit with awesome statement pleats.

Style notes

This dress just works so well on its own, it didn’t need anything to elevate it. In chiffon this would be perfect festival dress wear.

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