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Peppermint Delight

Added Nov 8, 2011

by mollykatherine

Sydney, Australia






I’m very pleased to present my peppermint delight dress – the perfect, breezy dress for summer.

Its funny because I had actually planned to use this fabric as a muslin because I thought the colour was too pale, but after looking at it for a while I decided I would make a dress out of it; and now I love it.

I have made this dress Before , its from Retro Butterick #B4792. Its a relatively easy pattern, as long as you follow the instructions (something which I don’t always do). The neck has a lovely gathered detail and attaches over the extended shoulder straps that connect at the front.

The fabric is 100% linen, even though is wrinkles like a B*&ch (’scuze my french) it is lovely and cool, which is just what I wanted seeing as its heating up here in Sydney.

I really took my time with this dress and I’m very satisfied with the finish. The bodice is self lined and all the seams in the skirt are french seamed. The only problem I had was some slight ribboning on the roll hem – Any tips on how to stop this from happening when easing the hem on a circle skirt?

Read all about it on my blog – Molly-Made

Material Notes

100% mint linen




Garment Type

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    Jan 21, 2014, 04.11 PMby SassyT

    Very pretty. Just featured it on SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    Jan 23, 2012, 05.24 PMby Wendy Maxwell

    I think this is simply … stunning!! I adore the 60’s waisted dresses with the full skirts … so womanly … cool to wear … & fun! You are a clever lady!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 07.24 PMby abassisabass

    your so cute!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 08.22 AMby Damska

    I like this one, very Roman Holiday.

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    Nov 15, 2011, 11.42 PMby paulacorley


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    Nov 15, 2011, 01.51 AMby wildcatspow

    So, so cute!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 04.50 PMby janetheclerk

    i do a lot of full circle skirts, and the best tip i can offer is to have a very small hem – less than 1cm. i do my hems in a way that’s obvious to me, but my friends all find it curious. before overlocking, i do a broad stitch at the seam allowance. then i overlock, then i pin down, then i sew down, then i whip out the stitching at the seam allowance. i haven’t had a problem with puckering, only when the hem is greater than 1cm. i love your dress, it is wonderful!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 10.15 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Ooh! I love the bodice detail. and boy does it every fit perfectly!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 03.59 AMby mstadabsta

    wow that is so cute. you are really talented. go you. you da bomb.

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    Nov 12, 2011, 09.05 PMby gollydolly

    What a great job. It fits awesome!

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    Nov 12, 2011, 10.38 AMby baka-pepica

    when i see your dress I want summer! because I want dress like yours but here is winter and time for coats! you look so sweet in this dress, real 60´s lady!

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    Nov 11, 2011, 06.54 PMby suechtique

    VERY lovely and sweet.

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    Nov 11, 2011, 07.07 AMby JuliaBobbin

    Gorgeous gal, gorgeous dress.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 10.33 PMby nouvellegamine

    wow! this is a dream dress. i love the sherberty color.

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    Nov 10, 2011, 01.03 AMby MissHickory

    soo cute!!! love the whole look…

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    Nov 9, 2011, 12.31 AMby d3liriums4m4

    I LOVE this dress! Beautiful job!

    For your hem: I always hand sew the hem on my circle skirts so that they don’t bubble up. I haven’t ever gotten a machine to sew it acceptably. Use an invisible stitch, like this one: http://www.ehow.com/video_4407403_hand-hem-skirt-blind-stitch.html

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    Nov 8, 2011, 11.47 PMby lisa g

    love the dress, especially the neckline detail! it looks so pretty on you. :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.16 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    beautiful dress, very refreshing color to help you to be cool in the hot days!!!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 02.00 PMby Ruth Meiland

    Love your dress Moly!! great job!!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 12.03 PMby schnui

    I love your dress too and you look great in it. The bodice is so stylish and the fit is perfect.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 11.26 AMby BlancheOfArts

    Wow, it’s so breezy, a real delight! I like the contrast between front and back bodice and it really suits you well. :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.31 AMby keren

    Regarding hemming a circle skirt – I deal with the “ribboning” in one of two ways:

    1. Double-folded baby hem: Pin ease and baste hemline (a tad longer than the finished hem), press only the hem crease (not the ribonning hem allowance), stitch 1/16 of an inch away from the edge, trim very close to seam, fold over (inwards) to create the finished hem, and press. Hem by hand.

    2. Steaming the hem allowance: Pin ease and baste hemline, “hover” above the hem area with a steam iron – using lots of steam. the steam eases the fabric into shape. Finish the seam allowance (serge / zigzag) and hem by hand.

    If these explanations aren’t clear, let me know and I’ll find you the relevant tutorials online :-)

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      Feb 4, 2012, 05.23 AMby jennifermhall

      I like these two methods of hemming. It also depends on the fabric. I have used my Janome rolled hem foot on fine fabrics very successfully too.
      BTW I love your dress Molly and I want one too!
      We Aussies do well don’t we? I also agree about linen, it is worth the slight hassle of ironing.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.22 AMby keren

    absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 07.07 AMby freakusbzzz

    Love it Molly.

    I’ve found teh best way to avoid the rippling is to pin it and tack it in the opposite way you are going to sew it. That way if you push it to one side a fraction when you sew it it moves it back to the proper side. baste as well.

    Also do two lines of gathered stitches and fold and press along both lines and with the line closest to the edge pull it in a few places to pull up the excess.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 06.38 AMby sadienorway

    very pretty :) I love the neckline, have to nick it some time for something

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    Nov 8, 2011, 06.21 AMby ronnielee

    Love your dress! I’m making this same style at the momemt. I’ve omitted the skirt though. Hope it looks as good as yours.

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