The Butterfly Fairy

Like most kids, Lucia loves Halloween and all aspects of playing dress up, and I love watching the  four-year-old creative process that comes along with it unfold.  Since her world is currently filled with fairies,  it seemed only natural that she chose to be one for Halloween.  With inspirations drawn from the flower and leaf crowns that I created last year, I envisioned sewing tons of faux flowers, autumn leaves, or green vines together to bring my fairy’s Halloween costume to life. Lucia had a different vision in mind, and so, a butterfly fairy was born.

Since Lucia’s closet (and my sanity) can’t handle another tulle explosion, it made sense to reuse this tutu dress that I made for Lucia last spring.  She adores this thing.

I decided to make Lucia an apron to wear over the tutu dress and wanted a vibrant color to downplay the black underlayer.  I went with a bright purple tulle and a contrasting aqua waistband.  I cut four layers of tulle and used a gathering foot on my sewing machine to gather each layer one by one.  Using a gathering foot is THE BOMB!  Gone are the days of cursing broken threads as I attempt to hand gather unsuccessfully.   I can’t believe I waited  so long to test this thing out.

Gathering foot – oh how I love you!  I can’t wait to get my hands on a ruffle foot.

I then sandwiched the four layers of tulle in between two thick pieces of grosgrain aqua ribbon and stitched two seams.  A simple tulle apron was finished.

I broke out my glue gun and went butterfly crazy.  I attached faux butterfly’s to the apron’s top layer and made a matching pin, headpiece and wand.

I would actually love to see this apron worn over a simple leotard and ballet tights, but poofification seems to reign in this house.  So poofified she went:

I think she’s thrilled with her mama-haute-couture.

And I think she’s ready to spread her wings…

And some sweetness….

And perhaps some spookiness too…


Thank you Red Tricycle New York, the Cleverist, and Create Craft Love for featuring my costume!



  1. Oh my gosh you are one craft lady! You did such an awesome job on her costume 😀 She looks so adorable! I would have thought you bought that from a very expensive store.

    • Thanks Kenzie! It's a bit over the top, but she is happy underneath all of those layers. One of the reasons why I love homemade is because there is not a humongous price tag attached. xx – Monica

  2. thank you:) lovely dress, great job!

    you are so lucky that you can sew, its something I would love to be able to do, I always imagine all the dresses I could make.

    cheers from Australia, have a great day.

  3. She's so cute! I love the headpiece.

  4. wow!!This is a very lovely dress!!She is so cute with that
    Have a great weekend!!


  5. Monica- you are amazing!!! That is truly an incredible costume and L is the most stunning butterfly fairy I have ever seen. I think you are ready for Project Runway! xoxo

  6. wow! She does look ready to fly away!!

  7. That turned out great! I'm envious of your sewing abilities 🙂 (I can't sew worth anything!) -Sarah

  8. Amazing!!! Gorgeous girl, fabulous mama. 🙂

  9. Amazing! Gorgeous girl (and frock), fabulous mama!

  10. Beautiful!!!! She looks amazing!

  11. Simply gorgeous! Love your work!

  12. wow this is such a wonderful dress,great work 🙂

  13. oh wow..that is so beautiful…every little girls dream!

  14. Oh gosh Monica, she is just too precious. 🙂 Her costume is beautiful.

  15. Amazing!!!! Such a georgeous dress 🙂
    beijos, Ana

  16. Awesome job on the whole look Monica! That is a truly fantastic costume!
    Where did you get those butterflies? You've convinced me to go out and get a ruffle foot and gathering foot!

    • I ordered the butterflies wholesale on line. They were much pricier in the craft stores. I bought a gathering foot on amazon last year for a few bucks. I'm not great at hand gathering and really LOVE this thing. Thank you sewing guru's of hungiegungie for all of your crafty advice! I'm always in awe of all that your sisters are doing!

  17. You did an awesome job on the costume. It's very pretty and looks elaborate.

  18. This turned out so darling! What a lot of work! and she looks like she loves it. Saw you on create. craft. love. congrats on the feature!


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