Butterfly sleeve is a beautiful sleeve with a puff on top and slightly loose at the hem. It is basically a puffed sleeve but one that doesn’t taper off like the normal puffed sleeve, nor ends in a cuff. It has a very elegant look and is usually paired with low cut gowns. It is a sleeve which is seen in the national costume of Philippines and made popular by the former first lady Imelda.
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Checkout the tutorial to make 3 types of puff sleeves
Usually people confuse this with angel wing sleeve and this diametrically opposite sleeve is sometimes called as butterfly sleeve. But that is not correct. The butterfly sleeve has a very distinct look.My pattern is not an exact replica of the Filippino sleeve but something which resembles it, which you can adopt for your modern dresses.
To make a sleeve heading that will hold its shape fold crinoline net in half. Place pattern for sleeve on crinoline having sleeve cap on netting, placing small dots on fold. Cut out the sleeve cap. Gather crinoline and sleeve as one to fit armhole and insert as one.
It is your preference that matters and what suits your body shape. Make a butterfly sleeve for an old sleeveless top you have ( Like I did) and see if it suits you or not.
The model shown here is wearing a slightly flared butterfly sleeves.