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I'd like a Peppermint Laté, extra pep please!

Added Sep 14, 2010

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






This fabric reminded me right away of candy sticks, peppermints, and candy canes. I found the pattern for the contour bust and thought… oh yeah! gotta make me one of these! I looked at all the other pictures of the contour bust finished products and envied! I looked at the sizing and adjusted to what I thought would be appropriate for me… I underestimated and ended up with a very very VERY brief top! The cup was entirely not the right size for me… just looked …wierd… so I made some adjustments. One of my favorite dresses from anthropologie had the sweetheart neckline and the lining. I tried it and LOVE it! I think it frames the top of the dress and modestifies it a bit where needed!
The sewing itself was a bit flabbergasting as this fabric is a beast to get a needle through… hand sewing the bust and back was so incredibly frustrating that I almost gave up all together. When my parents came to China this summer to spend some time with us, I showed my mom the dress and she got me so excited for it again that I mustered all the courage I had and finished this puppy off.
I love the back of this dress! I got the idea from a wedding dress I was looking at online when I was wedding dress shopping. I hid a zipper in the back under the fold of fabric – secured by a snap. (looks much more difficult than it is!) I had enough fabric to bring the horizontal stripes all the way around the dress in the bottom strip. I really like the different directions of the lines… I think next time (since I bought so much of the fabric… hmmm….) I’ll play with that more!
I love the way it turned out… makes me want to have a very early Christmas party… maybe with a peppermint theme??? Please pass the candy canes!

Material Notes

very strange shirting… hand sewing this was the worst! the fabric must have been coated or something.




Spring, Summer, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy


motivator and general seamstress inspiration

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    Sep 2, 2012, 06.01 AMby zoezilla

    Hi, love how your dress came out! Do you have any tips on how to enlarge the bust area of the dress?

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      Sep 4, 2012, 01.33 AMby littlewren

      ah, I wish I could help you there. Mine came out looking very torpedo-like. I think I’d have to adjust to the point of changing almost every line of the pattern… sorry I’m no help! thanks for the comment! :)

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    Sep 20, 2010, 04.52 PMby miasu

    You hand-sewed this????! That’s absolutely incredible!

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    Sep 15, 2010, 03.00 AMby pink-cornelia

    it looks so pretty, love it.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 08.25 PMby kimboat

    love how you used the stripes! looks fantastic! amazing fit too.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 05.05 PMby janul

    Very nice, I like the horizontal panel at the bottom and the white in the bodice.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 04.43 PMby Rachel Parish

    i love it. the fabric is great and i also like the how you used the fabric in different directions. totally jealous of your new dress.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 03.54 PMby sclundy

    Super cute! Nice work, love the “modestifying” liner!

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