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The Peppermint Stick Holiday Frock

Added May 12, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






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The dress is made from a stretch poplin, heavier weight cotton material. The color is crisp, “white as snow” white. It is contrasted by a peppermint striped grosgrain sash that ties at the waist.

It looks fairly simple, but to me it’s special because it was the FIRST fitted skirt piece I’ve ever made.

I wouldn’t call it a ‘tulip’ skirt, more like a ‘pencil’. If there was one thing I would change, it would be the length. I would want it to reach past her knees by an inch or two and taper to a point at the hem. But other than that it looked very similar to my original sketch.

Brian and I were talking about the Shabby Apple Dresses and noting how some of them are fitted. And it dawned on me that I’ve never made a fitted dress. Not that it’s more difficult, in fact, it was a lot easier and used a lot less fabric. I just don’t favor fitted dresses but this one makes me want to make a dozen more.

I added a ruffle to the neckline and ends of the sleeves.The sleeves are very fitted and shows off a demure arm.

I’d say this dress looks ‘sophisticated’ but still ‘youthful’. I really like how the sash POPS out from the white color of the dress.

I really whipped this dress up super fast! I was impressed with the amount of time it took. I started it on Tuesday and put the finishing touches on it as Melody came in the door.

I worked on it while Molly took her naps and all together I put only 3 hours into it. That includes creating the pattern, cutting the material and of course sewing it together.

Melody emailed me her measurements but I was so in a hurry I just started it without looking twice. I was shocked when she came down the steps with everything looking fitted and right.

I really liked the stretch poplin material. I would use it again for a pencil skirted dress. It’s a heavier weight material which looks more expensive than say….broadcloth and it’s very forgiving in terms of fit. I wouldn’t use it with an A-line because of its stretch but for a dress like this it was PERFECT!

This frock looks great with a cup of hot cocoa and a peppermint stick to swizzle with.

Material Notes

stretch cotton poplin




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear

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    May 20, 2010, 01.31 PMby ellie-sew

    So simple and so beautiful – simply beautiful! :D

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    May 13, 2010, 09.11 AMby littlewren

    totally dig this!!! : )

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    May 13, 2010, 04.27 AMby storres56

    I love the whimsical ribbon against the white dress. JUST LOVE IT! I generally don’t go for white dresses, however, you have inspired me to make a white dress.

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    May 12, 2010, 11.55 PMby shellidawn

    I really like this. Great job!

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    May 12, 2010, 05.47 PMby wzrdreams

    Very nice dress and the pictures are really great. Are there any back pictures?

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    May 12, 2010, 03.36 PMby cquinn13

    cute! I love the pop of color and the ruffles (and i’m usually NOT a ruffle person!) very classy!

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    May 12, 2010, 03.21 PMby rifka

    The ruffle neckline is lovely. Very pretty dress.

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    May 12, 2010, 03.01 PMby frankiesoup

    Love this! A really nice modern twist on a classic shape! :D

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