Peppermint Everyday Dress | Sew Along Tutorial By Sewing Therapy

Hello! Sara here! Today’s tutorial is the Peppermint Everyday Dress! The pattern is free from Peppermint, a quarterly Aussie magazine that focuses on style, sustainability, and substance. Ethical fashion is one of their passions and they have a variety of free patterns available on their website (thank you Peppermint!).

The Everyday Dress is really for every kind of day – it’s reversible and customizable, and can look so different depending on the type of pattern you use. I experimented with the pattern by using not one but two different fabrics, one for the front and a different one for the back. I also share a simple and quick way to make the sleeves into a cuff band sleeve. 

Before I go on, I would also like to introduce Zero Waste Gather Dress from Birgitta Helmersson
I’ve done the tutorial and I not only love the idea ‘ZERO WASTE’ but love the look of the dress as well.

Although I always try my best to give you clear and easy to understand instruction, I strongly recommend you watch the video at least once to get the right idea. You can always come back and read the part that you forgot or wasn’t sure of.


Peppermint Everyday Dress (Free Pattern)
From Peppermint Magazine
From In the Folds

The fabrics I used:
Warp + Weft 2 Premium Yarn Dyed Black & White by Modern Quilt Studio

Mini Gingham | Checkerboard

My sewing machine
Bernette B38 Swiss Design Computerized Sewing Machine (USA)

LDH Scissors and thread snip

Craft Clips

Flat Head Pins

These are my online fabric shops.
All the fabrics I use are from either Dailylike Canada or Two O Nine Fabric Studio.
Dailylike Canada
Two O Nine Fabric Studio

Seam Allowance
Seam allowances are included and detailed in each step

1 Front (on fold), 1 Back (on fold), 1 Front Neck Facing, 1 Back Neck Facing, 2 Pocket

0. Preparation
Staystitch – A straight stitch prevents bias/curved area from stretching out
Staystitch the necklines

1. Sew Shoulders
Pin and sew the shoulders of Front and Back RST (Right Side Together)

Use 1/2″ seam allowance
And serge
Press the seams towards the Back

2. Sew Neck Facings
Pin and sew the shoulders of Neck Facings RST
Use 1/2″ seam allowance
Press the seams towards the Front
Finish the outside edge of the Neck Facing with your preferred method
Starting and finishing at the V point makes serging easier

Mark V line 3/8″ away from the cornered neck edge for sewing guide
Match and pin the necklines of Bodice and Neck Facing

Sew the neckline with a 3/8″ seam allowance
Use the mark at the Front corner as a sewing guide
Grade the seam around the neckline
Clip the curved edge
Clip close to the V point so that you will get a nice clean Front corner

Press the Neck Facing towards the seam
Understitch starting at one side of the V and finish at the other
Make sure the seam is in place
Flip the Neck Facing into the inside and press
Turn wrong side out
Pin the Neck Facing in place
Make sure both layers lay flat
Repeat for the Back

3. Sew Pockets
Finish the curved edge with your preferred method

Line up the straight edge of Pocket using the notches RST
Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance

Repeat for the other Pockets
Serge the sides from the bottom of the sleeve to the hem split
Leaving the corner unfinished
Serge the hem
Pivot when the needles meet the corner
Press the Pocket towards the seam
Understitch the seam to the Pocket

4. Sew Side Seams
Pin Front and Back RST at the side, lining up the Pocket opening
Mark a line 3/8″ in from the side down to the drill hole (mark from the pattern)
Sew from the edge of sleeve to the drill hole
Use 3/8″ seam allowance
Sew 1″ more from the top and bottom edge of the Pocket

Secure the Pocket opening by sewing back and forth a few times

5. Sew Hem
Bring the unfinished diagonal hem edge RST
Fold it in half, pin and sew

Repeat for all the corners
Use 3/8″ seam allowance
Trim the corner seam to reduce bulk
Turn right side out (Point Turner – creates a sharp point)
Repreat for the other corners and press
Press the seam of the slit open
Mark a point approximately 3″ above the hem split opening as a sewing guide
Edgestitch/topstitch the hem
Use the mark as a guide when sewing the slit area

6. Sew Sleeve Hems
Double-fold the sleeve hem and edgestitch/topstitch WST (Wrong Side Together)

7. My Modification (Cuff Band Sleeve)
Fold the cuff band in half and sew the short edge RST
Fold in half lengthwise and press
Make gathers/pleats in your preferred way on the sleeve hem

Match the length of the sleeve hem and the cuff band
Repeat for the other side
Slip the Sleeve into the Cuff Band and pin (Wrong side of Sleeve + Riht side of Cuff Band)

Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance
Press the cuff band towards the seam
Turn the right side of Bodice out
Fold 3/8″ of the edge and press
Fold in half using a guide press
Wrap the seam and cover the stitch line slightly

And that’s it for the Peppermint Everyday Dress! I love how mine turned out and the boxy shape is comfortable enough to be worn everyday! I love a versatile piece. And I especially love how it’s reversible. Show me your finished Peppermint Everyday Dress by tagging me, @yoursara_k!

Thank you so much! I will see you in the next post!

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