Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Peppermint Delight

I'm very pleased to present my peppermint delight dress - the perfect, breezy dress for summer.

Admittedly I actually made this a few months ago, and have worn it a good 20+ times since its creation (its both cute AND comfortable!).
I even photographed it a few weeks ago, but I've been so slack with my blogging that its taken me this long to post it - Eeep!

Anyway - here it is in all its glory. Can you tell I like it?

Its funny because I had actually planned to use this fabric as a muslin because I thought the colour was too pale, but after looking at it for a while I decided I would make a dress out of it; and now I love it.

I have made this dress before, its from Retro Butterick #B4792. It was actually the first dress I made when I started sewing again and I loved it dearly. It now lives in Texas with my sweet friend Honoree. She wore it out one night when she was visiting me in Sydney and she looked so swell in it, I insisted she keep it and give it a new life in Texas.

A year later I decided it was time to resurrect #B4792- this time in Mint.
The fabric is 100% linen, even though is wrinkles like a B*&ch ('scuze my french) it is lovely and cool, which is just what I wanted seeing as its heating up here in Sydney.

Its a relatively easy pattern, as long as you follow the instructions (something which I don't always do). The neck has a lovely gathered detail and attaches over the extended shoulder straps that connect at the front.

I really took my time with this dress and I'm very satisfied with the finish. The bodice is self lined and all the seams in the skirt are french seamed. The only problem I had was some slight ribboning on the roll hem - Any tips on how to stop this from happening when easing the hem on a circle skirt?

Now isn't that the prettiest seam you ever saw?!

As per usual I'm busy sewing away, this time busier than ever! I had the recent good fortune to be offered a stall at Finders Keepers Markets at Carriage works this December (coincidentally, where the above pictures were taken) and have been preparing for this and working on my stock (and a few new designs!)

But more details on that to come soon.

Hope your having a lovely day x


  1. Gorgeous! It looks so lovely and summery. Love the colour!!!

  2. It's so pretty! And you look so pretty in it (as usual). I love the way the high neckline at the front scoops low at the back. What kind of fabric is it?

  3. This is just gorgeous! And I love the day the straps come round to create the neckline - such a sweet and interesting detail.

  4. This dress is just adorable, I love everything about it and the colour is divine.
    What do you mean by ribboning of the hem?

  5. Lovely dress! I found this video tutorial by Gertie from "Gertie's New Blog for better sewing." It seems to do the trick for hemming circle skirts without ribboning! Here is the link to the first part (there are 2):


    Hope this helps!

  6. I saw this on Burdastyle and had to follow the link to hear more about this dress! It's absolutely gorgeous on you, and the fabric choice is lovely.

    I have a ton of lightweight linen in my stash, but I didn't quite have the courage to turn it into a dress. This is inspiring me to make the attempt, though, since yours looks so nice, even after being worn a bunch already!

  7. Its so pretty. I love the neckline.


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