We are super excited to partner up with Peppermint Magazine each season to bring you an amazing free sewing pattern! These patterns are created by In The folds and as always they are super on trend and easy to sew. This season they have created a super simple and stylish ruffle sleeve top, perfect for pairing with high waisted jeans or even worn layered under a slip dress. This top would be a fabulous addition to any handmade wardrobe but we decided to do a little pattern hack and turn this ruffle sleeve top into a dress!
Pattern | The Ruffle Sleeve Top pattern is available as a free print-at-home download from the Peppermint Sewing School. Download it here.
Fabric | Liberty Tana Lawn – Stanley
Liberty Tana Lawn is a dream to sew and is also machine washable so it was our first choice for this project! We stock a huge range of Liberty Tana Lawn prints in-store and online so you will be sure to find something you love.
Other fabrics that would work for this pattern are linens, silks and chambrays.
Fabrics featured above: Milled Linen in Bone, Bow Silk Crepe De Chine in Cream, Silk Crepe de Chine in Gravel, Cotton Chambray in Mid Blue and Liberty Tana Lawn in Stanley.
This pattern calls for 2.2m of fabric at 115cm wide or 1.5m of fabric at 150cm wide. Annelise made this dress up in size B and used 1.8m of Liberty Tana Lawn (138cm wide). If you give this pattern hack a go you may need more fabric depending on your size and how much you plan to lengthen the dress.
Pattern Hack |
- Copy the body front and back pattern on to pattern paper, leaving space for extending the length. Remember to transfer all darts and notches!
- Add 20cm (or desired length) to the hem of the top, following the original shape of the hem. If you are adding more length (past your knees), make sure you add a little extra width so you have space for walking.
- Mark a notch at the centre of the front and back pieces as well as halfway between the centre front and side seams. This is to help you distribute your gathers evenly when attaching the ruffle to the bottom.
- For the bottom ruffle, take the Ruffle pattern piece used for the sleeve ruffles and cut 2 on the fold. This will give you two long rectangles about 16cm high and 108cm wide. Mark notches at the centre and as well as halfway between the centre and side seams.
- With your new pattern pieces, cut out your fabric and assemble the dress as per the instructions. “Enjoy the process! It’s not a race to the end.” – In the Folds.
- When you reach step 27 instead of hemming the dress, take the bottom ruffle pieces and join the short ends to form one big loop.
- Then, using the method explained in the pattern instructions, gather your bottom ruffle and pin to the wrong side of your dress. Match up the notches to distribute the gathers evenly and stitch using the method described at steps 23-26. After giving your dress a good press, you are finished!
If you give this pattern hack a try, share it with us on Instagram using #thefabricstore and tag us @wearethefabricstore. We can’t wait to see all of your ruffley creations!
Oh, and by the way…this is Annelise! She works at The Fabric Store HQ packing up orders from the online store and she also sews up fabulous creations for the blog like this dress.
March 5, 2018