Monthly Archives: February 2020

peplum dress hack

The idea for this dress has been floating around in my head for a while now, and it wasn’t until the perfect fabric presented itself that I was inspired to make it.

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I’ve used the free Peplum Top pattern from Peppermint Magazine before (see here), and I thought it would make a great base for a dress. All I had to do was lengthen the peplum piece to be 80cm long (plus seam and hem allowance).

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The only bit I’m unhappy with is how low the armhole is, I should have raised it about 3 or 4 cm. I’m not too worried about showing my bra though, maybe I just need to make a super fancy bra and wear this dress to show it off!

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I also decided to add some inseam pockets. As you can see here, I had to sew the pocket bag from white cotton, as my fabric ran a bit short. I had enough to add a little facing, so when I slip my hand into my pocket, you can’t see the white cotton.

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The fabric is a beautiful, soft double gauze from Tessuti. I was so drawn to the colour, although this dress would have been really lovely in any of the colours they had in stock (a brick red, saffron yellow, white, silver, and black).

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This was my first time sewing with double gauze, and I found it very different from what I’m used to. The weave is very loose, which meant my neckline and armholes relaxed and stretched out quite a bit. I had to use tear-a-way to get them back into shape, then I bound them with some bias-binding. I also sewed the entire dress using my walking foot.

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I also had some concerns about pressing this fabric. It has a natural wrinkle which is very appealing and I didn’t want to press it out, but I always press my seams as I’m sewing. I decided to only lightly press the binding as I went and leave everything else alone. After a wash, the wrinkles all came back! Yay!


  • Pattern brand/name/number: Peplum Top by In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine
  • Style/size: Size D
  • Fabric: Cotton double gauze from Tessuti
  • Notions: Self-made bias binding
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • I made the peplum pieces 80cm long, plus 1cm seam allowance at the top and a 4cm single turn-up hem
    • Added pockets to the skirt side seams
    •  Used bias binding for the neckline and armholes

This dress is very comfortable to wear, I think I’ll need to get my hands on some more double gauze soon!

Mitty x

shelby dress

When I sat down to think about which patterns to include on my Make Nine 2020 list, I knew that I wanted to start wearing more ‘day dresses’. I searched for the perfect style, and I found it in the Shelby dress by True Bias.

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The V neckline; the button-up front; the princess seams; the tie at the back! All these features lean heavily into 90’s fashion styles and I’m totally loving it!

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The skirt has a substantial amount of flare, which, when made in a fabric with a lot of drape, makes for a very swishy event!

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The ties at the back are probably my favourite feature. They can be tied tighter to bring the waist in a little, or tied with a bit of slack, for a looser look.

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I made my dress in a printed rayon from Spotlight, and while I think this is a great match for the pattern, I’d also like to make it in something with a bit more structure, such as linen (hint: coming soon!).

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I adore this dress, I’m so pleased I settled on the Shelby pattern. I’ve already worn it 3 times since I finished it, I love it so much!


  • Pattern brand/name/number: Shelby Dress by True Bias
  • Style/size: View A with the smaller cap sleeves, size 8 (I picked this size based off the finished garment measurements)
  • Fabric: Pebble patch printed rayon “Marsala & Black” from Spotlight
  • Notions: 7 metallic look buttons from my stash, matching thread
  • Modifications/alterations: 
    • After making a toile, I lowered the bust point about 3cm

Stay tuned, because I’ll be making another one of these very soon!

Mitty x