Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Top and True Bias Ogden Cami – DIY Embroidered Tulle Dress with Slip

Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.

Hi Everyone,

Lockdown sewing continues, and although the restrictions in our part of the world are being lifted somewhat, life has still not returned to normal. I have had this dress idea for Kezia (11) for some time now, and as I am trying not to sew too many fancy things for myself, why not fill my desire to sew pretty things by making something for my only child, hmm?

Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.

The embroidered tulle was purchased quite some time ago from one of my favourite eBay sellers, The Textile Centre. It was a 2 metre piece, which was enough to cut this dress. I essentially treated the fabric as a directional border print, and cut the bottom of the skirt and the front bodice at the selvedge were the embroidery was more predominant, and placed the rest of the pieces towards the middle of the fabric where the embroidery was less. Overall, I am happy with the placement. You will notice that I have left the edges raw and I used a three thread overlock finish on the seams. French seams would have been pretty for sure, but I don’t have the patience to do those for a growing child 🙂

Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.

The bodice of the dress is made using Peppermint Magazine’s ruffle sleeve top, which I have made once before for myself (see here). I modified the bodice as follows:

  • I cut a size A
  • I raised the dart by 1.5 inches
  • I cut the pattern off at the waist
  • I changed the front neckline from a V to a round neck
  • I added a centre back seam to the back piece
  • I omitted the half lining and finished the neckline with bias binding
  • I took a wedge out from the centre back (1″), tapering to 0.5″ at the side seams and to nothing at the front bodice
  • I did a simple turn and stitch in the back to create a slit opening, closed with a thread loop and button. The fit is easy enough to pull the dress on and off
Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.

The skirt is a simple rectangle, gathered, and attached at the waist.

Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle.
Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.
Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.

For some reason, that little red button makes me happy 🙂 Even though with all that hair no one will probably ever see it!

Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.

The slip dress that you can just about make out underneath is the True Bias Ogden Cami, which I have blogged about for myself (see here), and which I have made for Kezia before (but not blogged). From memory, I think this is the smallest adult size with no real modifications. For the slip dress I simply added 27 cm of length to the cami at the lengthen/ shorten lines.

Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.

The fabric for the slip is a silk/ acetate blend that I found on Fabworks. I did sample first and got lucky with the colour match. 1 metre of fabric was just enough to make this work!

I am so happy with how this turned out. Kezia also loves it. Now we just need some occasion for her to wear it!

Stay safe.

Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Blouse bodice (modified) with added gathered skirt in embroidered tulle. Worn with silk blend True Bias Ogden Cami lengthened to dress length.


Posted by

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 sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

22 thoughts on “Peppermint Magazine Ruffle Sleeve Top and True Bias Ogden Cami – DIY Embroidered Tulle Dress with Slip

  1. So Beautiful. The dress and your lovely daughter.
    Great choices of fabric and patterns. Maybe a family tea party in your own garden!

  2. Stunningly beautiful dress. I wish my daughter would entertain designs like these, but it’s all t shirts and leggings at the moment.

  3. Manju, this is ABSOLUTE GORGEOUSNESS!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 An outfit like this might have actually gotten me to wear a dress at that age. Love it.

  4. Oh,my gosh! She is a delight on the eyes in your magical dress! Probably the nicest thing I’ll see today.

  5. This is so pretty! I am amazed and inspired by every post I read. I love how you customize every pattern, too. I never really did that when I sewed.
    I recently got out my sewing machine and made a bunch of masks and found a pattern I had cut the fabric, still pinned to the pattern, but never sewn.
    I’m looking forward to finishing that project. I don’t even remember starting it! Love your blog, thank you for sharing your projects.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s