User EnderCat’s Butterfly Dress skin is one of the best female skins I have seen in a long time. Depicting a female on the Steve model is a little difficult for obvious reasons, and most female characters end up looking like men with very feminine clothing and hair styles. Such is not the case with this skin.
First off, let me address the long clothes issue – if you have been reading my skin reviews for any length of time, you know that I am inherently against skins that feature long clothes or hair which drop down below the torso and onto the legs. It simply looks horrible when animated.
However, I am okay with it for this skin – here’s why: this is a long dress. Dresses often have slits in them. Therefor, when the legs separate for the character to walk, it simply looks like the dress has a slit in it. I don’t know if this much thought was put into the skin by the creator, but it works fine nonetheless.
Moving on: the style and details on this skin are amazing. Having it actually shaped like a butterfly is a wonderful touch, and of course the pattern for a butterfly’s wings lends itself well to clothing due to its abstract and repetitive nature. The hair was also given decent volume using the layering system conservatively.
In terms of shading, EnderCat did an almost flawless job. The arms and face seem appropriately dimensional, the hair looks convincingly styled, and the dress shape isn’t lost in the details. My only problem is that the wrists (elbows?) have an unusual line on them that doesn’t quite look right.
Aside from that, however, I love this skin. She definitely looks like a female character, and is elegantly modern in a simple way. I award EnderCat nine out of ten cat bells.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
What is your favorite original skin and why? Leave a link in the comments below!