White butterfly for a girl’s first day at school

Although the summer school holidays in England have only started today the beginning of the new school year is not too far away. The department stores kindly remind parents about it with their “Back to school” display windows.
In Russia the school year starts on 1 September every year designated as a public holiday. Well, unless it falls on the weekend. For first year students  it is an important day. The parents try their best and prepare their children for this new step in their lives by investing a small fortune in the outfits and designer stationary.
In my day girls would wear a school uniform dress as well as a lacy decorative white apron. The hairstyles would vary with plaits prevailing but what most first year girls would have in their hair were enormous foam-like organza bows. Here’s roughly how it looked:

Although the organza bows are still quite popular, they are becoming less so for the discerning Mum. For those of them who are looking for original and one-off accessories I am happy to offer this delicate white silk and lace butterfly:
White butterfly headband
I used only the best materials to make this unique butterfly headpiece from scratch, including pure satin silk with its soft shine, pure silk organza to double the wings for extra firmness, pure silk dupioni to wrap the headband, as well as floral lace, glass and seed beads and ostrich feathers.

Not only is it great for a girl’s first day at a school in Russia, this versatile girls’ accessory is also ideal for a wedding or a christening party too. The butterfly headpiece is available for purchase from my Etsy shop.
If you are brave enough (or curious enough) to give it a go and try to make a similar headband with a lace butterfly yourself I have prepared a detailed photo tutorial for you. More information on the tutorial as well as a nice bonus you can find in my Tutorial e-store .
Should you have any questions I am here to help.

lace butterfly headband

New tutorial out! Lace butterfly: a stunning accessory you can make yourself without special tools.

I think I have not met anyone who did not like butterflies. They are fascinating and delicate creatures full of beauty. No wonder we want to capture it and embody in our designs to enjoy their perfection and elegance as and when we want it.
I love creating butterflies made of delicate lace and pure silk. Such designs look appropriate in wedding themes, they are perfect for special occasions, as little girls’ hair accessories, etc. They make a nice gift too.
I have developed this tutorial in a way that you can make your own stunning lace butterfly accessory without having to use any specialised tools.
By varying the size of the butterfly and uBysing coloured laces you can create an accessory to match any outfit. This lace butterfly can be attached to a headband, a hair clip, a brooch base or just sewn onto a garment, such as a wedding dress.  It can be used in millinery too to decorate hats and fasciantors. The applications are endless. Once you have mastered the art of making lace butterflies you can easily create different accessories in sizes and colours that are required.
You will learn how to
  • make beautifully light feather antennae
  • create a stunning body of seed beads
  • wire the wings so they hold their shape
  • attach the butterfly to a headband / hair clip
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For those of you who have a set of millinery tools I have prepared a FREE bonus tutorial. The free tutorial explains how to shape the velvet butterfly wings using a set of millinery tools for silk flower making as shown in the picture below. For this butterfly I have used a different template which I have included as well! 
To be able to receive the bonus tutorial you will need to subscribe to my mailing list using the link in the Lace Butterfly Tutorial. 
At the moment the lace butterfly tutorial is available for instant download now from my tutorial shop here.
lace butterfly tutorial
Should you have any questions regarding materials or tools prior to purchasing the tutorial please feel free to contact me either via this blog (comments) or at enquiries@presentperfectcreations.com

NEW! Double organza wedding butterflies

Although lace butterflies (cream and coloured) have proven successful, today I wanted to introduce their cousins which are for some reason being a bit neglected. I am talking about double organza butterflies. In the picture you can see the option with a silver thread between the layers of organza. However I also have a copper thread version of this fabric. Here the butterflies are made in white as a wedding decor but organza being pure silk can of course be coloured in any necessary colour to match a chosen wedding theme. Which, to my mind, is a great advantage.
But even in pure white this set of a brooch and a hair clip looks very elegant and attractive. I have not forgotten to use ostrich feathers and Japanese seed beads as usual ☺

The range of butterflies I offer can be checked out here