Pattern mashup: New Look 6123 + Vogue 8815 = ponte peplum dress

Ponte peplum dress

The peplum trend is still rolling on by, and I decided to jump on the bandwagon before it passed me by completely. I decided to attempt my first frankenpattern, combining the bodice and skirt from New Look 6123 with the peplum from Vogue 8815. I can see that frankenpatterning requires a bit more thought about how you are going to do things. With hindsight I might have attached the peplum slightly differently, but it worked out ok in the end.

Ponte peplum dress
Ponte peplum dress

I think we have all heard by now that Emerald green has been declared as the Pantone Colour of the Year. Could I get my hands on any emerald green fabric? Could I heck! I had to settle for this jade green ponte knit instead. But I still like it. It makes me excited for spring.

Ponte peplum dress
Ponte peplum dress

Anyway, all in all, it was a fairly easy dress to make, and I have already reviewed New Look 6123 so I am not going to do so again here. It is a great pattern readers! This is my second time making it. This time I didn’t line it (used facings instead), installed an invisible zipper at the back (went in without any problems) and lengthened and pegged the skirt to get the final look I wanted.

Ponte peplum dress
Ponte peplum dress

I wanted an on trend dress to wear out for girly drinks, and this dress ticks the boxes I wanted it too. But I feel I need something more challenging next….so I am making a shirt for the husband using the Craftsy tailored shirt class. So until next time, happy sewing!

Ponte peplum dress
Ponte peplum dress

Addition to blog post made on 29th March 2013: just had to post a picture of how I wore this dress on mother’s day a few weeks ago (it was a cold, snowy, windy day that day, just for a change!)


And one with my cutie…



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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

15 thoughts on “Pattern mashup: New Look 6123 + Vogue 8815 = ponte peplum dress

  1. This is gorgeous I love the colour. It looks amazing on you, very elegant. Great job at combining the two patterns.
    Erin @

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