This week on the blog we review the latest free sewing pattern from our friends at Peppermint Magazine… Meet your new fave button-up dress!
It’s a fab sleeveless dress with princess panels, giving it a very subtle ‘fit and flare’ silhouette. We are loving the vintage vibes that the button up front lends! We think it would also be superb layered with a merino tee or turtleneck in cooler weather. We recommend giving this pattern a try, not only is the pattern FREE, but you’ll get a very cute and versatile dress and may just find yourself in need of more than one!
Pattern | Button Up Dress from Peppermint Magazine
The Button Up Dress pattern is available as a free print-at-home download from the Peppermint Sewing School.
You can download it here.
We sewed ours up in a size E for the lovely Zosia and found that this was a great fit! It’s a roomy casual fit with plenty of room through the body, so would be nice and breezy on a hot summer’s day, and gives enough room to layer a tee underneath. We did trim approximately 1.5cm off the side front panel around the bust area to ensure a smooth tailored fit for Zosia.
We used 1.5m of our Heavyweight Linen (150cm wide) which is a little bit less than the recommended amount of 1.9m. As always with free patterns from Peppermint Magazine, the instructions are very well illustrated and easy to follow. They suggest that this pattern would suit a beginner level sewer, which we would agree with! It features a bagged out facing, which sounds a bit tricky but it’s actually very straightforward and gives the dress a neat finished edge around the neckline and armholes.
Fabric | Heavyweight Linen – Toffee
Peppermint recommends that this dress would work best in a medium to heavyweight fabric such as a cotton twill, linen, corduroy or denim. We chose to make ours up in our Heavyweight Linen – Toffee and love how this fabric lends the dress a summery, vintage feel. This style would also work beautifully in a plain or striped linen, a lightweight denim or perhaps a playful corduroy print!
Check out our suggestions featured below: Liberty Kingly Corduroy – Joe Troy / B, Linen / Cotton Plaid – Ink / Brown, Linen / Cotton Chambray – Salmon, Linen Blend Bernie Pinstripe – Navy, Cotton Chambray – Indigo B, Heavyweight Linen – Bone, Heavyweight Basket Weave – Navy / Flax
Our New Zealand summer is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to pair this style with sandals and a sunhat! It’s a classic shape and was simple to make; we’d definitely recommend giving it a go. Don’t forget to share yours with us on Instagram by tagging @wearethefabricstore or using #thefabricstore
p.s Thank you to Zosia for modelling!